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Scalds and Burns

Burns can happen to anyone – but children are especially vulnerable.

There are many precautions you can take to protect your children from scalds and burns. 

  • Turn hot water temperature down to 49 degrees Celsius.  Children can suffer serious scalds from hot tap water. 
  • Test the water first before placing your child in the bath tub. Infants are more at risk for serious burns because their skin burns more quickly and deeply. 
  • Never drink hot liquids such as tea, coffee and soup while holding an infant or child. Remove table cloths which can be pulled by children. 
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach. Remember that child resistant lighters are not child-proof. Teach children the danger of matches and lighters.
  • Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Check and replace the batteries regularly. 
  • Practice a fire escape route as a family.
  • Supervise children closely around hot water, candles, hot appliances, curling irons, wood stoves, barbeques and campfires. It is best to keep children safely out of the way!

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Updated Oct 5, 2015