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Tips And Strategies For Avoiding Burns And Scalding

October 8, 2014 Hastings and Hastings

Tips And Strategies For Avoiding Burns And Scalding

All too often people young and old alike become burned or may experience some type of burn trauma due to a wide variety of situations and events. For example, one of the most common places where burn trauma occurs is in the home. More specifically, hot water associated with cooking and faucets typically causes scolding and burning each and every day across the country. With that said, there are some simple and easy strategies that can be incorporated into daily life as a way to avoid becoming burned.

Use The Back Burner

For example, supervising children when they are exposed to hot water flowing from a faucet or in the kitchen is always a good practice. Establishing some type of safety area in the kitchen for children is a smart way to ensure that children are away from the stove or the sink as necessary. Another simple but often-overlooked strategy is to simply use the back burner when cooking. This greatly reduces the chances of a child pulling a hot pot off of the stove.

Check The Temperature

Another common sense approach for greatly reducing the chances of an accident in the kitchen is to turn the pot handles inward toward the back of the cooking surface. This makes it more difficult for children to pull a pot off of the stove. The bathroom is another area of concern with regard to hot water and its potential to harm children. For example, when filling a bathtub it is always a good idea to fill a tub with cold water before adding hot water. Parents should check the temperature of water before allowing children to enter a tub.

120 Degrees Fahrenheit

Finally, when placing young children in a bathtub it is a smart idea to face them away from the water faucet. This reduces the chances of children tampering with water faucet knobs. As an added note, most experts agree that a hot water heater should be set and 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Following these simple strategies and clearly marking faucets as hot and cold can serve to reduce the chances of accidents. Burning and scalding happens every day across the country and in many cases can easily be avoided by following a few simple tips and strategies designed to make the home safer. Contact Hastings & Hastings today to learn more about Arizona personal injury legal assistance.