While Burn Awareness Week is the first week in February, it’s always important to know what to do since you or a loved one can be injured from a burn at any time.
Immediate first aid for burns
Prepare for an evaluation by a medical care provider.
If you are going to see your provider soon:
Certainly, anyone can suffer from a burn, however, burn safety is a foreign concept to most young explorers. In fact, one of the most difficult lessons young children might learn is that some things — such as stoves, radiators, and flickering flames — can be painfully hot. If children play with matches or lighters, the threat can extend to the entire family. Take burn safety precautions to prevent injuries and dangerous situations.
Burn safety at home
Many ordinary things in a home — from bath water to hot food to electrical outlets — can cause childhood burns. To prevent burns, follow these burn safety tips:
Burn safety outdoors
These burn safety measures can protect children from outdoor hazards:
Fire safety counts, too
Take these simple precautions to prevent fires:
In case of emergency, keep up-to-date fire extinguishers handy throughout your home. Teach children to leave a burning building by crawling under the smoke, and to stop, drop, and roll if clothes catch fire. Practice a mock fire drill in your home. And be sure to install and maintain smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas. Check your smoke alarms yearly and replace the batteries every year. Being prepared for an emergency can be the best safety tool of all.