Did you know?
- Burns have long been recognized as among the most painful and devastating injuries a person can sustain and survive.
- Scald burn injury (caused by hot liquids or steam) is the most common type of burn related injury among young children, while flame burns (caused b direct contact with fire) are more prevalent among older children
- All children are also at risk for contact, electrical and chemical burns.
- It is important to remember that young children have thinner skin than older children and adults, and their skin burns at a lower temperature and more deeply.
- Children, especially those ages 4 and under, may not perceived danger., have less control of their environment, may lack the ability to escape a life-threatening burn situation and may be able to tolerate the physical stress of a burn injury.
Tips for Burn Prevention
- Set the water heater to 120 degrees
- Do not place hot foods or liquids near the counter’s edge or within a child’s reach
- Do not hold children while cooking
- Make the stove area a “Kid-Free Zone” (3 feet is a good distance)
- Mark it on the floor with bright tape
- Keep electrical cords out of reach of children.
Preparedness is the answer
STAY CALM and follow your emergency plans
“BE AWARE – BE PREPARED – MAKE A KIT”
“Don’t Be Scared… Be Prepared”
Remember: Being prepared starts at home:
Don’t fall into the false sense of security that when bad things happen – it will always happen to the “other guy” or, “that will never happen to me”! BE PREPARED, some day YOU may be the “OTHER GUY”!!
This has been another Public Service Announcement from your Henderson Emergency Management Agency where “We Care About Your Safety”.