Burn Prevention

Fire and burns are a leading cause of unintentional injury of children in the United States. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and a burn is one of the worst injuries that can happen Coffeeto your body. You can get a burn many ways heat (hot water or liquid like coffee, steam or grease), chemicals (battery acid, bleach) and electricity (lightning, shocks). Most burns are scald burns. Scald burns involve skin contact with hot liquid - water, coffee or steam.

A burn is an injury caused by fire or heat and classified by how deep it is:

  • First degree burn: Skin will be pink, dry without blisters (i.e. mild sunburn) and involves only the outer layer of skin.
  • Second degree burn: Skin will be pink to cherry red with blisters (i.e. mild scald burn). Blisters should be left alone to help prevent infection. This involves deeper layers of skin.
  • Third degree burn: Skin will be charred or white. May not hurt at first because the nerves have been damaged. This type of burn requires skin grafts and involves a long, sometimes years, painful recovery and involves all skin layers. 

If you or someone gets burned, cool it with lots of cool (not ice cold) water. Putting cool water on a burn helps stop the burning process, eases pain and helps decrease swelling. Call for medical help if a first degree burn is large and involves the face, feet or hands. Call for medical help on any second or third degree burn.

Remember these tips to help prevent burns in your home:

  • Set your water heater to 120 degrees.
  • Keep young children out of the kitchen.
  • Use back burners first and keep pot handles turned the back of the stove so young children can't grab them.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from any heat sources like a stove or fireplace.
  • Always make sure an adult is in a room where a candle is burning, space heater is running, fireplace is heating, etc.
  • Test your home's smoke alarms today.