February is National Burn Awareness Month. We here at HHP want to take a few moments to share some easy ways to prevent burns to both children and adults alike. After all, accidental burning is a leading cause of injury to juveniles and the average hospital bills for a burn injury is over $21,000!
Does Bath Time Equal Burn Time?
One of the most common burn injuries to kids is from scalding water. An easy way to prevent this is to turn your water heater down to 105 degrees, or the lowest setting possible. The skin on kids are under developed and especially sensitive to temperature changes, when compared to a teenager or adult. Turning down the water heater will reduce the potential for injury (and save money on energy costs every month!) and help protect our littles. Another great thing to do is to purchase a thermometer that goes with your child into the water when its bath time. We have a little turtle that our 4 1/2 year old old can play with. We love this because it not only gives us an accurate temperature reading every 30 seconds, but it also has 3 lights (red, yellow, green) that correspond with the appropriate temperatures for bath time.
Some other great tips include keeping matches, lighters, candles, portable heaters, and anything that generates heat away and out of reach from wandering hands. Kids are naturally curious and are prone to burns and other physical injuries when the opportunities arise.
This February, lets all work together to keep our kids safe from burns and other preventable injuries!
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