3 Cooking Burn Prevention Tips | National Burn Awareness Week 2019
The first week of each February is National Burn Awareness Week, which is sponsored by the American Burn Association (ABA). According to the association, each year there are hundreds of thousands of burn injuries in the United States. To aid the (ABA) in its efforts, here are 3 cooking-related burn prevention tips!
- Don’t let pot and pan handles hang over the stove. Many people probably don’t think about it, but it’s very important that no handles hang over your stove or counter. If you or somebody else in the kitchen accidentally knocks into one, hot contents could be dumped onto a person!
- Place hot beverages or food away from the edge of the table. 85-90% of all scalds are caused related to cooking or hot beverages. While these incidents can occur for a number of reasons, one of the easiest ways to prevent them is to put hot materials away from the edge of a table. This reduces the likelihood that they are accidentally knocked over!
- Remove lids away from your face. Steam will likely accumulate in a hot, covered pot, which can burn your skin if it’s released directly towards you. If you need to remove a lid that contains steam, be sure to open it away from your face to avoid potential injury!
Cooking-related burns can occur in a number of different ways, which is why it’s important to follow safety protocols while you’re in and around the kitchen. If you want to read more burn prevention tips, check out the American Burn Association’s website!