The smell of tasty sauces simmering on the stove top or cookies baking in the oven is hard to resist for adults and children alike. However, before sneak that cookie off the tray, know how to keep your family safe with these few simple precautions:
Cool a burn under cold running water for 10-15 minutes and call 9-1-1 for serious burns.
Always supervise children in the kitchen and dining areas.
Create a “No Child Zone” while preparing and serving hot foods and beverages.
Don’t carry or hold a child while cooking on the stove. Instead, place the child into a high chair or other safe area while cooking.
Children love to reach, so to prevent hot food or liquid spills, simply use the back burner of your stove and turn pot handles away from its edge; also, keep hot foods away from the edge of your counters.
Keep clothing from coming in contact with flames or heating elements.
A small adjustment to your water heater can give you one less thing to worry about. To prevent accidental scalding, set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or the manufacturer’s recommended setting.
Make a habit of placing matches, gasoline, and lighters in a safe place out of children’s reach and avoid novelty lighters as they may look like toys in a child’s eyes.
When filling the bathtub turn on cold water first then mix in warmer water carefully.
National Burn Awareness is the perfect time to share this information with your loved ones, develop a home fire drill, check your smoke alarms, and to make your home safe.
Use this checklist in your home today!
~ From your friends at JB Home Inspection
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