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Prevent Scalds & Burns
Safety Tips
  • To prevent spills due to overturn of appliances containing hot food or liquids, use the back burner when possible and/or turn pot handles away from the stove's edge.
  • All appliance cords need to be kept coiled and away from counter edges.
  • Use oven mitts or potholders when moving hot food from ovens, microwave ovens, or stove tops.
  • Never use wet oven mitts or potholders as they can cause scald burns.
  • Replace old or worn oven mitts.
  • Open heated food containers slowly away from the face to avoid steam burns. Hot steam escaping from the container or food can cause burns.
  • Foods heat unevenly in microwave ovens, stir and test before eating.

Protect Children From Scalds & Burns

Young children are at high risk of being burned by hot food and liquids:
  • Keep young children at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from any place where hot food or drink is being prepared or carried.
  • Keep hot foods and liquids away from table and counter edges.
  • When young children are present, use the stove's back burners whenever possible.
  • Never hold a child while cooking, drinking, or carrying hot foods or liquids.
  • Teach children that hot things burn.
  • When children are old enough, teach them to cook safely. Supervise them closely.

General First Aid for Burns & Scalds
  • Treat a burn right away by putting it in cool water. Cool the burn for three to five minutes.
  • Cover burn with a clean, dry cloth. Do not apply creams, ointments, sprays, or other home remedies.
  • Remove all clothing, diapers, jewelry, and metal from the burned area. These can hide underlying burns and retain heat, which can increase skin damage.

If the burn is bigger than your fist or if you have any questions about how to treat it, seek medical attention right away. See your doctor as soon as possible if the burn does not heal in two to three days.