Safe Kids Canada: You can prevent Scalds
Hot water burns like fire!
Scalds are burns caused by:
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Whenever possible, use the back burners on the stove for cooking. Turn pot handles to the back the stove to keep hot food from getting knocked onto your child.
Do not let the cords from electrical appliances (such as your kettle) hang over the edge of a counter or table. Your child might pull the cord and be scalded by hot liquid.
Keep your child safely out of the way when you are cooking or making hot drinks. Your child is most likely to be scalded in the kitchen when you are busy working there.
Safety in the bathtub
First, lower the temperature of the hot water in your home.
Follow these steps to make sure your child’s bath water is always the right temperature:
It is not a good idea to use a microwave to heat a baby bottle or baby food. Food or milk that is heated in a microwave can feel fine on the outside but be very hot on the inside. It is better to heat a bottle in warm water, and to heat food on the stove.
If you do use a microwave, mix the food or shake the bottle after it has been heated. This will help get rid of hot spots. Check the temperature. It should feel warm, not hot.
How hot is the water from your taps?
Most hot water heaters in Canada are set at 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit). Your child’s skin can burn in just one second at that temperature.
Test the temperature of your hot water and lower it to 49 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit). This is a much safer temperature for your child. You will still have lots of hot water for use in your home.
You can lower your water temperature by turning down your hot water heater. Or you can put anti-scald devices on your taps.
For more information, call Safe Kids Canada at 1 800 SAFE TIPS or visit www.safekidscanada.ca.