Health Tip: Prevent Burning and Scalding
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Test the bathwater first
By Diana Kohnle
(HealthDay News) -- Kids aren't always aware of the dangers of burns and scalding, so it's up to parents to help keep their children safe.
The Safekids.org website offers these suggestions:
- Adjust your water heater's temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or to the setting recommended by the manufacturer.
- Before giving baby a bath, make sure the temperature isn't too hot. Test the water on the inside of your wrist.
- Never leave children unattended in the bathtub, near electrical outlets or in the kitchen.
- When cooking, turn pot handles away from the edge of the stove. Use the stove's back burners.
- Never hold your child while you're cooking. Instead, place the youngster in a secure high chair in the same room.
- Keep appliances -- such as irons and flat irons -- unplugged and out of a child's reach.
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