10,000 Children Hospitalized with Burns

About 10,000 children are hospitalized annually with burn injuries... remember that burns don't only come from fire. During Burn Awareness Week this year, we want you to become more aware of scald hazards - from cooking, hot foods and liquids, steam and other risks like bathing. Every minute, someone in the United States suffers a burn injury serious enough to require treatment. Seniors and children are most affected by scald burn injuries, Older adults and babies have thinner skin so they’re at risk for deep burns at lower temperatures and short exposure times.

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There are many simple things you can do to help avoid these painful, disfiguring and potentially deadly injuries - beginning with preparedness to treat burns and awareness.

Children:

Lack of safe play areas for children can increase the risk of scald burns. Establish a “No Kids Zone” in the kitchen. Safe play areas should be out of the traffic path between the stove and sink, where children can play and be supervised.

Keep all pot handles turned back away, away from the stove. Children may reach up and grab handles containing hot liquid or food

Children often get scald burns when they spill cups of hot coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Use lids when children are around to prevent burns

Children can get burned when they grab hanging appliance cords that are caught in cabinets or wrapped around containers of hot food or liquids. Always make sure cords are secure and never in reach of children.

It can happen in a flash with a splash. Hot liquid and steam burn like fire. Learn more at http://flashsplash.org

Teaching Children that "red means 'No' or 'Stop' helps them avoid dangerous situations

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