National Burn Awareness Week – February 2nd thru 8th

Did you know that cooking is the leading cause of home fires? The week of February 2nd thru 8th is National Burn Awareness Week.

We at want to share some facts and Do and Don’t tips regarding burn awareness/prevention for both children and older adults per the following:

Children Facts: Over 136,000 children were seen in emergency rooms for burn injuries in 2011.  Approximately 1,100 children die each year from fire and burns.

Children Do:

  • Set water heater temperature to no higher than 120°F/48°C, or just below the medium setting.
  • Create a “no kid zone” in the kitchen around stoves, ovens and hot items.
  • Keep hot drinks away from the edge of tables and counters.
  • Use a travel mug with a tight‐fitting lid for all hot drinks.
  • Place pots and pans on the back burner with handles turned away from the edge of the stove.

Children Don’t:

  • Leave a child unattended in the bathtub; if you must leave, take the child(ren) with you.
  • Allow young children to adjust the water temperature or sit near faucet handles.
  • Set anything hot on tabletops within reach of young children who can pull them down. ƒ
  • Allow appliance cords (slow‐cookers, deep‐fryers, coffeemakers) to dangle over the counter edge.

Older Adult Facts: Older Adults are at higher risk of suffering an injury from burns.  Adults ages 65+ are twice as likely to die in home fires.  Adults 85+ years are four times more likely to die from a burn injury.

Older Adult Do:

  • Use oven mitts, not towels, to handle hot pots and pans. ƒ
  • Use caution when cooking with grease – keep burner on a low to medium setting and keep a pan lid in reach. ƒ
  • Make sure smoke alarms are in place on each level and in each bedroom of your home and replace batteries every 6 months.
  • Have an escape plan if fire breaks out in the home – “two ways out” should always be available.

Older Adult Don’t:

  • Wear clothing with loose or large sleeves while cooking.
  • Leave food cooking on the stove unattended.
  • Pour water on a grease fire – use a lid to smother the flames. ƒ
  • Cook when you are sleepy or have taken medications that make you drowsy. ƒ
  • Ever heat your home using the warmth from a kitchen oven or stove.

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