Dr. MJ Bazos, MD,
Burns in Your Home
Burns often happen unexpectedly, but there are
things you can do to help prevent them:
- Prevent burns from house fires by putting smoke
alarms in your home. Check them every week. If they run on batteries, put in new
batteries every 6 months. Think about how you would get out of your home in a
fire emergency, and plan ahead. Have regular fire drills at home.
- Prevent chemical burns by wearing gloves and
other protective clothing when you handle chemicals. Store chemicals up high,
where children can't reach them.
- If you smoke, don't smoke in bed. Get rid of used
- Put covers on any electrical outlets that are
within children's reach.
- Test the water temperature before you or your
children get into the tub or shower. Don't let young children touch the faucet
handles during a bath.
- Set the temperature on your hot water heater to
120º F, or use the "low-medium" setting. Water that is hotter than this can
cause burns in 2 to 3 seconds.
- Turn the handles of pots and pans toward the side
of the stove, or use the back burners of the stove. Don't let small children
play near the stove or help you cook at the stove. Don't wear clothing with
long, loose sleeves when you are cooking.
- Use cool-water humidifiers or vaporizers.
Hot-steam vaporizers can cause burns if you get too close to them.
- Before putting a child less than 1 year old
into a car seat, touch the seat to see how hot it is. Hot seat-belt straps or
buckles can cause partial-thickness burns (also called second-degree burns) on
small children. Cover the car seat with a towel if you park in the sun.