Burn Smarts

Over 100,000 people are treated annually for scald burns. The majorities of these burns are caused by contact with hot liquids and hot tap water. Children under the age of 5 and adults over 65 are usually most seriously affected victims of burns. To help prevent scalding in the kitchen:

  • Keep pot handles turned inward towards the center of the stove, out of reach of children.
  • Only use potholders or oven mitts for the safe handling of pots and pans that are being used for cooking or baking. Keep hot foods and liquids away from the edges of the tables, countertops and other places a young child could reach or where items could easily be tipped over by anyone.
  • Never handle hot foods and liquids when you are holding a child. Always heat oil slowly over low to moderate heat. This will help prevent spattering and grease fires. Never add water to hot oil because it will splatter violently and can cause burns.
  • Be careful when uncovering foods, especially when using a microwave. Steam can cause serious burns. Try lifting the lid up away from your body and face at first to release initial steam that has built up during cooking.
  • Do you know how to treat a minor burn? Always hold burns under cool running water for 5-10 minutes, and never apply salves or ointments.
  • Never leave cooking or baking unattended, this is when most grease fires occurs. If you need to leave the kitchen, turn off the heat.
  • Remember don’t try to fight a fire that is too big for you to handle. If you cannot extinguish a fire, get out of the house immediately and dial 911 from a neighbor’s house or nearby phone.

Be wise because it can save lives!