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Common-Sense Tips to Prevent Burn Injuries

Feb 7th, 2024

Prevent Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are a serious, pervasive, and potentially life-threatening health issue. In the United States alone, burn injuries necessitate medical treatment for nearly half a million individuals every year. Some, like first-degree burns, merely affect the skin’s outer layer and can heal without medical intervention. In contrast, third-degree burns penetrate the full thickness of the skin, damaging tissues beneath and often requiring specialized medical care and long recovery periods. 

Burns can happen almost anywhere, but most burns are preventable. Understanding the risks and taking preventative measures can significantly reduce the likelihood of such injuries. In honor of National Burn Awareness Week, let’s discuss five essential tips to help prevent burns wherever you live, work, or play. 

Be Vigilant in the Kitchen to Prevent Burn Injuries

 The kitchen is a common site for burn injuries, particularly scalds from hot liquids and steam, which account for 35% of overall burn injuries admitted to U.S. burn centers. To prevent these injuries, avoid overfilling pots or pans with liquid, turn pot handles away from the stove edge, and use oven mitts when handling hot cookware. Also, be mindful of children in the kitchen, not just around the stove, but when pulling hot food and beverages from the microwave. 

 Prioritize Electrical Safety at Work

Burn risk can also be elevated in the workplace, especially those with machinery, electrical equipment, or combustible engines. Always follow safety guidelines, use protective gear, and ensure machinery is properly maintained to prevent electrical burns. 

“Keep Out of Reach of Children” 

More than one-quarter of all burn victims are under the age of 16, and most burn injuries happen to children who are unsupervised or don’t understand when something is too hot to handle. Keep hot drinks and heat-related appliances out of children’s reach. Use electrical outlet covers to protect curious infants and toddlers. Set your water heater’s temperature to no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent scalding. 

Safeguard Against Sunburn

While enjoying outdoor activities, remember that the sun can cause serious burns, too. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every two hours. Wear protective clothing, such as wide-brimmed hats and long-sleeved shirts. 

Install and Maintain Smoke Alarms

Home fires can cause devastating burn injuries and fatalities. To keep your family safe, install smoke alarms on every level of your home. Test them monthly to ensure they’re working correctly. 

Being mindful and proactive can significantly reduce the risk of burn injuries in our everyday lives. Remember, prevention is always better than cure, and these tips are a good starting point for creating safer environments for everyone. Meanwhile, if you or someone you love suffers a burn injury due to someone’s negligence, our personal injury attorneys can help you get appropriately compensated. Call our offices to schedule an appointment.