MOUNT PROSPECT – The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance are providing important tips to prevent burn injuries from occurring during Burn Prevention Week. This year’s observance is February 6-12 with the theme, “Burning Issues in the Kitchen!”
“The American Burn Association reports nearly half a million injuries each year that require treatment in emergency departments, clinics, and physicians’ offices each year” says Philip Zaleski, Executive Director of the IFSA.
Burn Prevention Week occurs each year during the first full week of February.
To prevent cooking-related burn injuries, the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance recommends that individuals:
- Avoid distractions and keep their attention to food cooking
- Turn pot handles away from the edge of the stove
- Use clean and dry oven mitts when handling pots and pans
- Clear a 3-foot distance around the stove as a child and pet-free zone
- Keep cords for appliances out of reach of children
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen
- Be prepared to cover a pot or pan with a lid or cookie sheet in the event of a grease fire
- Use microwave safe cookware that allows for steam to escape
If an individual does suffer a burn or scald:
- Treat the burn right away with cool water for three to five minutes
- Cover the burn with a clean, dry bandage or cloth
- Do not apply creams, ointments, sprays, or other home remedies
- Remove all clothing, diapers, jewelry, and metal from the burned area as these objects can hide underlying burns and retain heat
To learn more about fire safety and burn prevention, visit the IFSA website at www.IFSA.org.