Tips to Protect Children from Burns

Tips to Protect Children from Burns

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The average home contains many appliances and accessories that could cause potential burns. Stoves, ovens, fireplaces, and even hot water can cause burns in both adults and children. Children may not understand the risks of burn injuries or the concept of heat from a stove,[1] but following a few simple safety tips can help keep children safe in the household.[2]

Burn injuries in children

Burn injuries in children are a serious concern.[3] On average, more than 100,000 children are treated in emergency rooms each year for burn injuries.[4] Additionally, an average of 1,100 children die each year from fire and burn injuries.[5] These statistics are alarming, but common sense and safety tips can help avoid burn injuries in children.

Tips to avoid potential burns

  • Never carry a child while cooking. Instead, use a highchair to make sure that you can see the child without putting them at risk.[6]
  • Keep pot and pan handles out of reach of children. Use back burners that are further out of reach of children.[7]
  • Keep hot food and drinks away from the edges of tables and countertops-well away from curious hands.[8]
  • Be careful when using microwaves.  Always let microwaved food cool, and do not use microwaves to heat baby formula or baby milk.[9]
  • Hot water can scald skin and cause burns, too. Keep your hot water heater set at 120 degrees Fahrenheit to keep children safe from hot water scalds.[10] 
  • Be careful with space heaters. Keep flammable items away from them, and turn space heaters off when you leave the room.[11]
  • Store matches and lighters in a safe place that is out of reach of children.[12]

What to do if a burn injury occurs

Sometimes burn injuries happen despite all the safety precautions. If a child suffers a burn injury, cool the burn with cool (but not cold) water.[13] Remove all clothing from the area, and cover the area with a clean, dry sheet or a bandage.[14] If necessary, seek medical attention.

To learn more about burn prevention and safety for children, visit http://www.safekids.org/. If you or a loved one has been burned due to the negligence of others, contact Allen & Allen for a free consultation at 1-866-388-1307.

About The Author: Chris Guedri was named "Lawyer of the Year 2015" by Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury-Plaintiffs in Richmond, VA. He  has more than 30 years of experience and is a trial attorney and Partner Emeritus with the law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen.


[1] http://www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_risks/burns-and-scalds.

[2] Id.

[3] See, e.g., http://www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_risks/burns-and-scalds

[4] See id.

[5] http://www.ameriburn.org/.

[6] http://www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_risks/burns-and-scalds.

[7] Id.

[8] See http://www.ameriburn.org/.

[9] See http://www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_risks/burns-and-scalds.

[10] Be sure to follow any manufacturer’s recommended settings, if they are different than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. http://www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_risks/burns-and-scalds.

[11] http://www.safekids.org/tip/burns-and-scalds-prevention-tips.

[12] http://www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_risks/burns-and-scalds.

[13] http://www.ameriburn.org/Preven/PediatricScalds_2-27-15.pdf.

[14] Id.

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