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Burn and Scald Prevention

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.