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My son was badly burned, so here are some prevention tips
August 31, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Burn Prevention Tips

At 155°F it takes only one second for a child to get a third degree burn.

Facts About Burns and Burn Prevention

  • At 155°F it takes only one second for a child to get a third degree burn. A fresh cup of coffee is served at 180°F or higher.
  • Children’s skin is thinner than adults and therefore burns more easily.
  • Scalds are the leading cause of burn injury for children.
  • 60 -75% of burns to children occur before the age of five.
  • More than 80% of burns to children are preventable.
  • Fire deaths of young children are primarily caused by children playing with fire (i.e. lighters and matches).
  • In the U.S., 250,000 children, aged 0-17, are burned seriously enough each year to require medical attention.
  • 15,000 are hospitalized with burn injuries
  • 1,100 die from fire and burn injuries
  • 200,000 are burned by contact with hot substances and objects.

Common Scald/Contact Burn Injuries Include

  • Hot food or beverage spills on child/toddler.
  • Hot water from the tap. A child turns on hot water faucet or an inexperienced caretaker fails to test hot water temperature.
  • Clothing irons. A young child touches or falls against hot iron.
  • A child touches oven/fire place doors or heating element.
  • Hair curling iron. A child grasps the hot hair curler.
  • BBQ/Fire pit. A child touches a hot BBQ, falls against the BBQ or into a fire pit.

Burn Prevention Tips

  • Keep hot liquids and foods away from children.
  • Do not leave children unattended in the bathroom or kitchen.
  • Set water heater to 120°F.



  • jlm513
    by jlm513
    August 31, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your son. I hope he is ok and that he heals well. 

  • 6girlsforme
    August 31, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    So sorry to read about your son... I hope he is better soon.

  • aunt_shel
    August 31, 2009 at 6:31 PM

     I hope your son feels better real soon.

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