HKQ Kids

Avoiding Burns and Scalds

Cooler weather and the holidays may bring around the smells of comfort foods and warm pumpkin pies. When stoves and ovens are working overtime, the risk of burns and scalds increases as well.

  • Don’t carry or hold a child while you are cooking. Bring a high chair into the kitchen, within reach, but not near the stove. Talk to your child while you cook, it’s a great way to spend time together.
  • Keep an eye on your water heater temperature. Keep your water heater adjusted to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, or to manufacturer’s recommendations to prevent accidental scaldings. Many water heaters are automatically set at 140 degrees or higher, so you may have to make adjustments.
  • A child’s skin is thinner than an adult. They can burn or scald easier, at a lower temperature. Test water to make sure it is at a comfortable temperature.
  • Kids love to reach. Use the back burners with handles turned inward. Keep hot foods and liquids away from the edge of your counters.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach. Avoid toys that look like lighters, and lighters that look like toys.
  • Kids with special needs or sensory deprivation may not be able to tell you if something feels too hot. Be extra cautious.

If your child does experience a burn, first, make sure they are in a safe area. Put the burned area under cool running water for at least 20 minutes. Do not use ice. Use a hydrogel for first aid if water is not available. Move any clothing or jewelry if possible. If the burn is to an arm or leg, raise it whenever possible to reduce swelling. Don’t use ointments, creams, butter or ice on a burn, as they tend to seal in heat and cause more damage. Most minor burns will heal on their own in 10-12 days. For more serious burns, seek immediate assistance, and follow the advice of a medical professional.

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