Prevention and First Aid (Tips for the Home)

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Prevention and First Aid (Tips for the Home)

Tasmanian Burns Unit - Patient Information Brochure 


Image of a female child being held whilst water from the tap runs over her hand 

 "Cool the burn for at least 20 minutes under cool running water (no ice), keep warm and seek medical attention"

Kitchen

  • Do not carry a child on your hip, or nurse a baby or small child whilst cooking, drinking hot drinks or heating a baby's bottle.
  • Always turn saucepan handles away from the edge of the stove.
  • Always make sure that all hot liquids are well out of reach.
  • Never leave a child unattended in the kitchen or bath.
  • Ensure your upright stove is fixed to the wall
  • Keep kettle cords out of reach of children.
  • Always strain the hot liquid off microwave noodles before serving to a child.
  • Hot food should be eaten at a table not from the child's lap.
  • Food should only be given to children when it is cool enough to touch.
  • Hot items and containers should be kept out of reach of children.
  • Young children should not be involved in the preparation of hot food including the use of microwaves
  • Older children should be closely supervised in the preparation of hot food.
  • Do not allow young children in the kitchen when cooking.
  • Cook on the hotplates at the back of the stove.
  • Make people aware of hot items when removed from the oven.
  • Keep hot items well away from the edge of the bench.
  • Install an oven and cook top guard.
  • Close oven door immediately after opening.
  • Ovens are not to be used as heating sources.
  • Always supervise children around BBQ's.

Bathroom

  • Install a tempering device to regulate the temperature of hot water to 50°C throughout your home.
  • Never leave a child unattended where a hot water tap is on or accessible.
  • Install hot water tap protectors.
  • Always test the bath water before putting the child in.Water droplet image with the words "Cool for 20" and "Cool the burn for at least 20 minutes under cool running water (no ice).  Keep warm and seek medical attention"
  • When running a bath, avoid running the hot water tap on its own.
  • Do not allow older children to bath siblings.
  • Never leave a child unattended in the kitchen or bathroom.

Living Area

  • Always use a guard around wood heaters, fireplaces, furnaces, radiators, electric heaters.
  • Supervise young children at all times when a heater is in use.
  • Ensure environment around heater is safe – rug corners are not lifting, toys are not lying around etc (tripping often results in burn injury).
  • Do not allow young children to stoke, touch or stand close to fire places, wood heater, furnaces, radiators, panel heaters or electric heaters.
  • Never leave an iron on the ground to cool.
  • Never use an iron in the same area as a child.
  • Store the iron well away from children.
  • Ensure there are no cords hanging down to be pulled on.
  • Store and use your treadmill away from young children.
  • Always keep your treadmill unplugged when not in use.
  • Always supervise older children if they are using a treadmill.
  • When you buy a new treadmill choose one with protective covers and a safety stop switch.