We’re in the middle of burn awareness week in Alberta, which focuses on educating people about how to protect babies and children from burns and scalds, and what to do if they do become burned or scalded.
Did you know, an estimated 9,000 children in Canada visit hospital emergency rooms for burn treatments every year! A child’s skin burns four times more quickly and deeply than an adult’s skin at the same temperature. The most common cause? Hot liquid scalds, such as from spilled drinks and even tap water.
Here are some tips for preventing scalds and burns in your home:
- Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge.
- Keep hot foods and liquids away from table and counter edge.
- Before placing a child in the bath or getting into the tub yourself, test the water.
- If children are home, do not leave the bathroom while the tub is filling.
- Teach children that hot things burn
Make sure you treat a burn right away by putting it in cool water. Cool the burn for 3-5 minutes before covering it with a clean, dry cloth. DON’T apply creams, sprays, ointments, or other home remedies.
Go to your local emergency room, call 911, or see your doctor if the burn is on the face, hands, feet, major joints (such as your knee or elbow), genital area, and/or bigger than the injured person’s palm.
You can find more safety and treatment tips, as well as an informative video on how to safely put out a stove top fire, on the Office of the Fire Commissioner’s webpage.
A final tip, don’t Google image search burns and scalds unless you have a strong stomach!