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Feb 05

Tips to Remember During National Burn Awareness Week

Posted on February 5, 2018 at 1:07 PM by Daniel Kvaternik

A message from the Newport News Fire Department

This week, February 4-10, is National Burn Awareness Week.  Approximately 450,000 burn injuries require medical treatment each year in the United States. The Newport News Fire Department Public Education office would like to share tips in preventing burns and scalds.

Safety in the kitchen:
  • Place objects so that they cannot be pulled down or knocked over.
  • Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge.
  • Use dry oven mitts or potholders.  Hot cookware can heat moisture in a potholder or hot pad, resulting in a scald burn.
  • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
  • Have a “kid-free” zone of at least 3 feet around the stove.  Place a sticker on the floor so that your children know not to go past the sticker.

Safety in other areas of the home:
  • To prevent accidental scalding, set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or the manufacturer’s setting. 
  • Consider installing anti-scald devices in water faucets and showerheads to avoid potential burns.
  • Check the water with your wrist or elbow before giving your baby a bath.
  • Cover electrical outlets so children are unable to insert metal objects, such as forks or keys.
  • Keep appliance cords out of children’s reach, especially if the appliances produce a lot of heat.
  • Keep lighters and matches out of children’s reach. Teach “Don’t Touch, Tell a Grown-up”
For more information on the Newport News Fire Department visit www.nnva.gov/fire.

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