Burn and Scald Prevention
Prevent Burns and Scalds in the Kitchen:
- Place objects so that they cannot be pulled down or knocked over.
- Turn pot handles away from stove's edge.
- Use dry oven mits or potholders. Hot cookware can not heat moisture in a pot holder or hot pad, resulting in a scald burn.
- Wear short, close-fitting clothes or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
- Have a "kid-free zone" of at least 3 feet around the stove.
General first aid for burns and scalds:
- Treat burn right away by putting it in cool water. Cool the burn for three to five minutes.
- Cover burn with clean, dry cloth. Do not apply creams, ointments, sprays or other home remedies.
- Remove all clothing, diapers, jewelry, and metal from burned area. These can hide underlying burns and retain heat, which can increase skin damage.