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Posted on: August 19, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Scald Prevention Safety Tips

FACTS

--Scald burns are the second leading cause of all burns.

--Prepackaged microwavable soups are a frequent cause of scald burn injuries (especially noodle soup) because they can easily tip over, pouring hot liquid (and noodles) on the person.

SCALD SAFETY

--Teach children that hot things can burn. Install anti-scald devices on the tub faucets and shower heads.

--Always supervise a child in or near a bathtub.

--Test the water at the faucet. It should be less that 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celcius).

--Before placing a child in the bath or getting in the bath yourself, test the water.

--Test the water by moving your hand, wrist, and forearm through the water. The water should feel warm, not hot, to the touch.

--Place hot liquids and food in the center of a table or toward the back oc a counter.

--Have a "kid-free zone" of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

--Open microwaved food slowly, away from the face.

--Never hold a child while you are cooking, drinking a hot liquid, or carrying hot foods or liquids.

--Never heat baby bottles in a microwave oven. Heat baby bottles in warm water from the faucet.

--Allow microwaved food to cool before eating.

--Choose prepackaged soups whose containers have a wide base or, to avoid the possibility of a spill, pour the soup into a traditional bowl after heating.

BURN Rx

Treat a burn right away. Cool the burn with cool water for 3-5 minutes. Cover with a clean dry cothe. Get medical help if needed.

All information was referenced from the NFPA to view this site got to www.nfpa.org/education or click above on department, then fire department, then useful links, and the National Fire Protection Agency.

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