SAFE KIDS ARE - Le Bonheur Children'

SAFE KIDS ARE
NO ACCIDENT!
THE FACTS
Hot liquids - not fire - are the most common cause
of burns to young children. Hot water can cause
serious, painful scald burns quickly. The Mid-South
SAFE KIDS Coalition, headquartered at Le Bonheur
Children’s Medical Center, offers these tips to prevent
scald burns. For more information, call (901) 572-6730
or visit www.safekids.org.
TIPS TO PREVENT SCALDS
• Lower the temperature of your hot water heater to
120° F.
• Install anti-scald devices in your shower and bathtub
fixtures.
• Check the water temperature before putting your
child in the tub. A child’s skin burns more easily
than an adult’s.
• Supervise children in the tub. Young children can
turn hot water on by themselves. Older children
can scald a younger child.
• Keep hot foods and drinks away from the edge of
tables and counters.
• If you’re holding something hot–don’t hold a child, too.
• Do not microwave infant formula. While the bottle
may only be warm to the touch, the liquid (formula)
may be scalding.
• When cooking, keep your young child away from
the stove. Use rear burners first. Remove dangling
appliance cords.
•Always supervise an older child who is cooking on
the stove or in the microwave.
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