Keeping children safe from burns is a serious responsibility. Children do not have the ability to see danger in everyday things, so we must look out for them and teach them how to protect themselves from danger especially from things that can burn. Follow these tips to keep your kids safe.
* Store matches, candles, gasoline, lighters, and all other flammable materials locked away from where children play or can easily reach.
* Place candles in a safe location when burning them so others will not reach over the flame or where the flame will not touch something combustible.
*Keep kids a safe distance from the hot stove or cooking oils. Also keep curling irons, irons, and space heaters high and away from children. Watch closely where those cords to those same appliances are hanging too, as kids will sometimes get caught in a cord pulling the heated appliance onto themselves.
* Set the water heater thermostat to 120 degrees or below to prevent hot water burns in the bath or shower.
*Install smoke alarms in your home and in sleeping areas. Test them once a month and keep an extra battery on hand. Teach your children an escape route in case of a house fire. They will be better prepared in an emergency if they know the plan.
*Avoid space heaters if possible, but when they are needed, keep them three feet away from curtains, paper, furniture, and toys.
* Avoid plugging several appliance cords into the same electrical socket. Replace old or frayed cords. Cover unused electrical outlets with childproof safety devices.
*Use sun block and skin protection lotions to prevent sunburn to exposed skin.
Teaching children safe practices when it involves flammable materials, burning flames, electrical appliances, cooking procedures, and playing in the sun will prepare them to protect themselves. It will give them the tools they need to recognize danger and prevent accidental burns. And in turn, they will have the skills to teach others. It is a win-win lesson in life.
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Terri Forehand is a pediatric critical care nurse and freelance writer. She has a passion for kids of all ages, especially kids who are fighting against tough illnesses and diseases. Visit her blog and website for more information. She is currently working on fiction for kids.