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BURN AWARENESS WEEK
Each year during the first full week in February, the American Burn Association (ABA) holds a burn awareness initiative. This year’s message is “Burning Issues In the Kitchen!”. Please spend a few minutes with us learning about some important safety and prevention information.
According to the ABA, “almost one-third of all burn injuries occur in children under the age of 15. Children under five were 2.0 times more likely to be seen in a hospital emergency department for burns. The primary causes of injury include fire-flame, scalds, and contact with hot objects.
Here are some ways that you can make your kitchen safer for you and those you love:
- Dress Appropriately: Wear short or close-fitting sleeves when cooking to avoid burn injury. Don’t forget to protect your feet as well.
- Stay Alert: The best time to cook is whey you are wide awake, and not drowsy from medications or alcohol.
- Watch Your Stove: Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave, turn off the stove.
- Splatter Burns: When frying, use a pan lid to prevent splatter burns. Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge.
- Monitor Appliances: After cooking, check the kitchen to make sure all burners and other appliances are turned off. Keep appliance cords away from counter edges.
- Keep Children Safe: Have a “kid-free sone” of at least 3 feet (1 meter) around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried. Teach children that hot things burn.
Burn injury survivors can sustain lifelong physical disabilities. Remember that preventing a burn injury is better than the pain and treatment after experiencing a burn.
- Julie Happy