Health Tip: Protect Yourself From Burns

By on February 11, 2010

Most homes are equipped with many products and appliances that can cause burns.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions to help reduce your risk:

  • Always wear protective clothing, including gloves, when handling chemicals. When you’re not using them, make sure they’re stored safely out of a child’s reach.
  • Cover all electrical outlets that are within a child’s reach, and get rid of damaged or frayed electrical cords.
  • Make sure children stay away from space heaters, lighters and matches.
  • Don’t leave lit candles unattended.
  • Keep children away from the stove or oven while you’re cooking.
  • Never microwave baby bottles. They can heat unevenly and scald an infant’s mouth.
  • Keep devices such as curling irons and clothes irons unplugged, and make sure children can’t ever reach them.

Source: HealthDay

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