Burn Awareness Week – February 1 – 7, 2015

child burnPediatric Scalds

  • The average annual cost of scald injuries is $44 million
  • Over 136,000 children were seen in emergency rooms for burn in 2011
  • 1,100 children die each year from fire and burns

The American Burn Association give the following information to protect children from burns.


  • Set water heater temperature to no higher than 120°F/48°C, or just below the medium setting
  • Create a “no kid zone” in the kitchen around stoves, ovens and hot items Keep hot drinks/food away from the edge of tables and counters
  • Use travel mugs with tight-fitting lids for all hot drinks
  • Place pots and pans on the back burner with handles turned away from the edge of the stove


  • Leave a child unattended in the bathtub; if you must leave, take the child(ren) with you
  • Allow young children to adjust the water temperature, and when bathing young children, seat the child away from faucets
  • Set anything hot on tablecloths or placemats, as young children can pull them down
  • Allow appliance cords (slow-cookers, deep-fryers) to dangle over the counter edge


Lorene Bartos, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County


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