3 Burn Prevention Tips | National Burn Awareness Week 2020
The first full week of each February is marked as National Burn Awareness Week. We spend a lot of time talking about the risk and cleanup process associated with fire damage, but burns can prove fatal in some situations. In honor of this important week, we’re sharing 3 tips you can use to prevent a burn!
- Always wear adequate clothing while cooking. Cooking-based fires are one of the most common causes of house fires each year, and it’s no surprise that cooking also leads to a lot of burns. There are many ways to prevent cooking-related burns, but one of the easiest is to simply wear proper clothing. Never cook barefoot or while wearing clothing that leaves areas of your skin exposed.
- Keep hot objects out of reach from children. Young children are known to indiscriminately grab anything within reach. Unfortunately, there have been known incidents of these same children grabbing the handles of boiling hot water or lit cigarettes. Since children don’t know how to discern dangerous objects from safe ones, it’s important you keep such items out of reach!
- Replace frayed wires. Electrical wires are everywhere nowadays. While electricity is an essential resource for many of our day-to-day tasks, they can pose a burn threat if the wires aren’t properly taken care of. If you notice any exposed wires, it’s highly recommended that you replace them as soon as possible. Even if you don’t get burned, they can potentially lead to a fire!
Burns are no laughing matter, and we hope you’ll take prevention seriously. If you do have a burn, you should seek medical attention right away. If you would like to learn additional burn prevention tips, you can visit the American Burn Association’s website.