Infant and Child Safety Tips

Burn Prevention

To reduce the chances of burn injury:

  • Block access to the stove as much as possible.
  • Never drink hot beverages or soup with a child sitting on your lap.
  • Avoid using tablecloths or large place mats. A small child can pull on them and overturn a hot drink or plate of food.
  • Never warm baby bottles full of milk in the microwave oven. The liquid may heat unevenly, resulting in pockets of milk that can scald your baby's mouth.
  • Fireplaces and wood stoves must be screened. Radiators and electric baseboard heaters may need to be screened as well.
  • Set the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120 degrees F or lower. A child can be scalded in 30 seconds if the temperature is only 5 degrees higher. If you are unable to control the water temperature (for example, you live in an apartment), install an anti-scald device in your bathtub faucets. This will slow water from tub spouts to a trickle if it reaches a certain temperature.




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