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Oven Burns

Protecting Your Child From Burns

Home Safety Check

 After a serious burn call 911 or call your doctor as soon as possible     

Child Safe Kitchen

  • Always keep an eye on your child when you are cooking. 
  • Cook food on the back burners whenever you can. Stoves are safer with knobs on the stove top, not the front.
  • Take the tablecloth off your table so your child can’t pull hot food or drinks down onto themself.
  • Put hot food or liquid in the middle of the table or counter, or in a place where your child can’t reach it.
  • Don’t hold your child while carrying a cup of hot liquid.
  • Keep your child away from hot microwaved food, straight out of the oven.  
  • Keep your child away from in-use appliances, such as the dishwasher, or dryer which may be hot.
  • Keep electric cords out of your child’s reach.
  • Make sure to keep your child off the countertop so he or she cannot reach hot things.
  • Never bathe your child under running water. Hot water surges cause scalds. 

Child Safe Bathroom

  • Always stay with your child when he or she is in the bathtub.
  • Turn your water heater down to 120° F or lower.
  • Check the temperature of the bath water before placing your child in the bath. The temperature should not be higher than 100°F. Use a tub thermometer to check the temperature of the bath water.
  • Face your child away from the faucet when he or she is in the tub. Keep your child close to the back of the bathtub. Place a blue sticker on the cold water faucet and a red sticker on the hot water faucet.
  • Put anti-scald handles on the faucets in your bathtub and sink if you cannot lower the water temperature to 120° F.

Child Safe Way to Fill a Bathtub

  • Put your whole hand in the water, spread your fingers wide, and move your hand back and forth for several seconds.
  • If the water feels even a little bit hot, then it is too hot.
  • Add more cold water and test again.
  • Lukewarm water (around 100°F) is safe for your child.
  • Always turn off hot water first when using the shower.


Child Safe Bedroom

  • Can my child reach something hot from the crib?
  • Move your child’s crib away from radiators and hot pipes.
  • Keep irons and hot styling tools (curling irons, flat irons, etc.), ashtrays and cigarettes out of your child’s reach.

What should I do if my child gets burned?

  • Move your child away from what caused the burn.
  • Remove clothes, diapers and shoes to make sure no other body part is burned.
  • Cool the burn with cool running water for up to 30 minutes.
  • Cover the burned area with a clean, dry sheet. (Source: American Burn Association
  • Call 911 or your doctor as soon as possible after a serious burn.
This article is intended to be general and/or educational in nature. Always consult your healthcare professional for help, diagnosis, guidance and treatment.