Most burns are the result of accidents. To help reduce the chance of burns:
about fire prevention and keep dangerous materials out of reach.
Make sure smoke detectors are installed and in working order. Replace batteries twice a year. One way to remember to do this is to change the batteries the same days you change the clocks for daylight savings and standard times.
When cooking, keep pot handles turned toward the back of the stove.
Supervise young children in the kitchen and around fireworks.
Set the temperature on the water heater to less than 120° F and test the bath water before your child gets in.
Make sure children’s sleepwear is flame-resistant.
Don’t hold children in your arms or lap while cooking, serving, or eating hot foods or liquids.
Do not leave matches, lighters, candles, or burning cigarettes unattended.
Wear protective gloves and clothing when handling caustic chemicals.
Put protective covers on electrical outlets.
Do not wear loose-fitting sleeves while cooking.
Keep children and pets away from the stove while cooking.
Make sure electrical cords are not hanging over the edge of countertops.
Store chemicals and cleaners in a locked cabinet.
Children younger than one year can sustain partial-thickness burns from hot seat belt straps or buckles in car seats. Make sure car seats are not hot before putting a child in the seat. If you park in the sun, cover the seat with a towel.
EBSCO Information Services is fully accredited by URAC. URAC is an independent, nonprofit health care accrediting organization dedicated to promoting health care quality through accreditation, certification and commendation.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
To send comments or feedback to our Editorial Team regarding the content please email us at email@example.com. Our Health Library Support team will respond to your email request within 2 business days.