February 3-9 is Scalding Burns Prevention Week
According to the American Burn Association, each year in the United States, more than 500,000 people require medical treatment for burns and roughly half of those are scald injuries, often occurring in the bath or kitchen area of the home.
"Children, the elderly and those with disabilities are at greatest risk for this type of injury and often require hospitalization, suffer complications and experience more difficult recoveries," said Patrice Bogan, Interim Director of the Oneida County Health Department. "these injuries are preventable and as we recognize February 3-9 as 'Scalding Burns Prevention Week' we offer the following tips:"
Establish a "kid zone" out of the traffic path between the stove and the sink where children can safely play and be supervised. Keep children in high chairs or play pens a safe distance from counter or stove tops, hot surfaces, hot liquids or other cooking surfaces.Cook on back burners when children are prevent and keep all pot handles turned back away from the stove edge. Appliance cords should be coiled away from the counter edge. During mealtime, keep all hot items in the center of the table and use non-slip place mats or tablecloths if toddlers are present.Never drink or carry hot liquids while carrying or holding a child. Quick motions may cause spilling of the liquid onto the child.
Cooking related scalding injuries can also be prevented, according to Bogan:
For more information on preventing scalding burns, you can visit the American Burn Association's web site.