Protect your family from burns

Burn awareness

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) A scald injury can happen at any age. Children, older adults, and people with disabilities are especially at risk. Hot liquids from bath water, hot coffee, and even microwaved soup can cause devastating injuries.

Scald burns are the second leading cause of all burn injuries. Each year, approximately 450,000 burn injuries across the United States require medical treatment.* These injuries are preventable.

Burn Awareness Week, observed the first full week in February, is designed to provide an opportunity for burn, fire, and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in our communities throughout the county.

Michigan State Fire Marshal Richard Miller, The Michigan Fire Inspectors Society Public Education Committee and E.S.C.A.P.E. Fire Safety provide you with some important tips to stay safe.

Prevent burns and scalds in the kitchen:

  • Place objects so that they cannot be pulled down or knocked over.
  • Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge.
  • Use dry oven mitts or potholders. Hot cookware can heat moisture in a potholder or hot pad, resulting in a scald burn.
  • Open microwaved food slowly and away from the face.
  • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove.
  • Never hold a child while you are cooking, drinking a hot liquid, or carrying hot foods or liquids.

General first aid for burns and scalds:

  • Treat a burn right away by putting it in cool water. Cool the burn for fifteen to twenty minutes.
  • Cover burn with a clean, dry cloth. Do not apply creams, ointments, sprays or other home remedies.
  • Remove all clothing, diapers, jewelry and metal from the burned area. These can hide underlying burns and retain heat, which can increase skin damage. 

Remember to place a focus on fire safety and injury prevention where you live!

* Information provided by the United States Fire Administration and National Fire Protection Association.

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