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Kevin Doel
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800 SW Jackson, Suite 104
Topeka, KS 66612-1216
785-296-3403
kevin.doel@ks.gov


Don't get burned! Protect your precious family from the tragedy of burn injuries.

Kevin Doel | Feb 01, 2016

Visit our Burn Awareness section for tips to protect you and your loved ones from terrible burn injuries

Scalding hot water, hot foods and beverages, heating appliances, hot pots and pans, fireworks, electrical currents and chemicals can all be the cause of serious burns to children.

bath time too hotOf the total child burn injuries reported to the Kansas Burn Injury Reporting System since 2010, 17% have been caused by touching hot metal objects such as furnace registers and grills. The rest of the top 5 causes of child burns are hot liquids (16%), fireworks (14%), fires (13%) and stove/oven (10%).

While fewer children are injured in bathtubs from hot water, those injuries pose the highest danger, with higher than normal percentages of burned skin and more days in the hospital than any other cause.

“During National Burn Awareness Week, we want to remind all parents to take simple precautions to prevent burn injuries,” said Doug Jorgensen, Kansas Fire Marshal. “While our office is dedicated to reducing property loss, deaths and injuries due to fire, the majority of burn injuries aren’t due to fire. By using common sense precautions, we can keep ourselves and our children safe from tragic burn injuries.” 

Safe Kids Kansas and the Office of the State Fire Marshal recommend the following 4 tips to prevent scalds.

  1. Adjust your water heater. With everything going on, we know the water heater is the last thing on your mind. But a small adjustment can give you one less thing to worry about. To prevent accidental scalding, set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or the manufacturer’s recommended setting.

     

  2. Don’t carry or hold a child while cooking.  Instead, move a high chair in the kitchen within reach or sight before you start. Then talk to your children so they know what’s going on. It’s a great way to spend time together.

     

  3. Use the back burners. Kids love to reach, so to prevent hot food or liquid spills in the kitchen, simply use the back burner of your stove and turn pot handles away from the stove edge. Keep hot foods away from the edge of your counters.

     

  4. Place matches, gasoline and lighters in a safe place, out of children’s reach. Avoid novelty lighters or lighters that look like toys.

If a child is burned, the burned area should be placed in, or flushed with, cool water. Keep the burned area in the cool water for 10 to 15 minutes. Never use ice, ointments or butter. If the burn is severe, immediately seek emergency assistance.

For more safety tips to prevent fires and burns, visit https://firemarshal.ks.gov/agency-resources/education/burn-awareness.

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About Safe Kids Kansas

Safe Kids Kansas works to prevent childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability to children. Safe Kids Kansas is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing injuries in children. Coalition members include over 70 statewide organizations, agencies and businesses and a network of local coalitions across the state. For more information, visit www.safekidskansas.org.

About the Office of the State Fire Marshal

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is dedicated to protecting the lives and property of the citizens of Kansas from the hazards of fire, explosion, and natural and man-made disasters. The agency strives to accomplish its mission through inspection, enforcement, regulation, investigation, education, and hazardous material and search & rescue incident responses. For more information, visit www.firemarshal.ks.gov