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Featured Issue: Prevent Scalding

Scalding is one of the most common, and potentially serious, injuries to occur in the home. One in every 200 children is likely to have been scalded severely enough to require hospital admission by their fifth birthday. Scalding risks are especially high for children and seniors. Find out how you can help protect your family against a painful and possibly disfiguring burn.

Scalding Hazards are Ever Present at Home

If you've ever been scalded - even slightly - by steam escaping from a tea kettle or vegetable steamer you know how startlingly painful and slow-to-heal a hot water burn can be. What you may not know is that a full 20 percent of all burns are from scalds. Thousands of children are hospitalized each year for scald burns, which are among the most painful, disfiguring and costly injuries. Severe scalds can require skin grafts and may leave scars that will follow the victim for their entire life. More . . .

Scald Prevention Tips & Resources

Make Bath Safety Fun
Teach your children - from their earliest years - to be safety conscious. An ingenious little bathtub 'toy' from the non-profit No Burns! Project looks like a regular rubber ducky, but in fact is a heat-sending device that tells you or your child when the water is too HOT to get into. More . . .


Babysitters Burn Safety Checklist

Babysitting is an important job, and one that shouldn't be taken lightly. Please read the following tips so you'll know how to keep everyone safe from burns when you're babysitting. More . . .

Microwave Safety

Microwave ovens are usually perceived by many families as "safer" than conventional ovens and stoves. In many families, children are permitted to use the microwave but not other heating appliances. However, microwave ovens heat foods and liquids to very high temperatures that can lead to burns from spills, splashes and release of steam.
Microwaved foods and liquids can reach temperatures greater than boiling without the appearance of bubbling. Stir and test food thoroughly before serving or eating.
The face and upper body are the most common areas burned on children. Hands, arms, abdomens and legs are more frequently injured with adults. More . . .

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