Safe Kids Midlands
Palmetto Health Richland
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Columbia, SC 29203
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It Doesn't Take a Fire to Burn a Child.
Children can be seriously injured by hot liquids, heaters, hot pots and pans, electrical currents and chemicals. Among all unintentional injuries, fire and burns are the number three cause of death in children ages 14 and under.
Emergency rooms treated 93,000 kids for burns in 2002. Nearly 23,000 children were scalded by hot liquids, mostly from spills in the kitchen. Steam irons, curling irons, space heaters and hot bathwater caused many injuries to kids, too
Set water heaters to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Always check the temperature of a baby's bathwater before putting the baby in. A child will suffer a full-thickness burn (third-degree burn) after just three seconds in 140-degree water, and will need surgery and skin grafts.
Prevent spills. Whenever possible, cook on a back burner. Don't let pot handles stick out where they can snag loose clothing, and avoid wearing long sleeves or baggy clothes in the kitchen. Don't place hot food or liquid near the edge of a counter, and don't pick up anything hot while holding a baby.
Do not hold children while cooking. Make sure children are out of reach while removing food from the stove or microwave.
Keep electrical cords out of reach — especially extension cords and cords connected to heating appliances. Make sure electrical cords can't be pulled or snagged into a bathtub or sink. Don't leave a hot iron sitting on an ironing board if you are going to walk away even for a few seconds.
Childproof your home. Cover unused electrical outlets Lock matches and lighters out of a child's reach.
A burn injury is one of the most painful and devastating injuries a child can suffer. Because young children have thinner skin, their skin burns more deeply and at lower temperatures – and young children often cannot react quickly enough to escape harm.
Remove anything too close to a fireplace, heater or radiator, such as clothing, furniture, newspapers or magazines.
Secure all portable heaters.
Avoid plugging several appliance cords into the same electrical socket.
Replace old or frayed electrical wires and appliance cords, and keep them on top of rugs.
Keep matches, lighters and other heat sources out of children's reach.
Store all flammable liquids such as gasoline outside of the home.
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