Safety Tips for Preventing Burn Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , burns are the third leading cause of fatal home injury in the United States. These injuries are often preventable through safer practices in the home that reduce the risk of uncontained fires and chemical hazards. Burns affect patients of all ages, so preventing burns in and out of the home is an essential practice for any family. Here are some strategies you can implement to reduce burn risk:
- Keep unused electrical outlets covered: You can protect small children from electrical burns by covering all unused electrical outlets with safety covers and discarding old, damaged cords used to plug in electrical devices.
- Be fully aware of fire dangers in the kitchen: Fires in the home are often caused by cooking accidents, so be sure to never leave items on the stove unattended and keep a fire extinguisher ready to control small fires before they grow out of control. Always keep handles from pots and pans facing away from the edge of the stove, and wear appropriate clothing that is not loose or hanging over a hazardous surface. If you let children help out in the kitchen, keep them away from any heating element.
- Wear protective clothing when handling chemicals: Chemical burns can be incredibly painful and hard to treat, so it is important to always wear gloves, goggles, and other necessary articles of protective clothing when handling potentially harmful chemicals. Store any household chemicals in a safe place where children cannot reach them.
When accidents happen and burns do occur, you can rely on the advanced, multi-disciplinary wound care of Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center’s RESTORE Program for your treatment. We are equipped for adult and pediatric burn treatment using the most sophisticated technologies available. Explore more about our Las Vegas medical facilities by visiting our website or calling us at (702) 233-5300.