A Burning Problem Easily Solved

One of the most agonising injuries that can be suffered is a burn. In a 2009/10 study in Australia and New Zealand, it was found that the most at risk of injury by burning are male toddlers between the age of one and two. Scalding is the most common form of burn injury (Ensure you keep that bath water at the right temperature).
How to eliminate the possibility of burns

Unfortunately, try as you might, there is no way to completely eliminate the possibility of burning. But you can reduce the risk massively:

  • Always keep your eye open for danger and make sure you supervise your child at all times
  • Reinforce the danger areas in your home by gently telling your child to stay away
  • Keep electrical wires and cables out of reach of children
  • Make the kitchen a no-go area when you’re cooking and never leave boiling pots and pans unattended
  • Don’t use electric blankets in children’s rooms and turn off any heaters at night (or keep them at a very low temperature)
  • In living rooms, install heater guards and make sure all toys and playpens are at least 1 metre away from heaters

Forget ‘don’t drink and drive’; don’t drink and cuddle!

Okay, we don’t really mean that you don’t need to worry about drinking and driving – of course, you should never mix the two. But the same can be said of drinking a tea or coffee while you have a youngster in your arms or on your lap: don’t do it!

If you have an open fire or other naked flame (for example, candles or gas burners), never let children be near them without supervision – and don’t take your eye away from them, not even for a second.

Similar precautions should be taken outdoors. The family barbecue – where there is likely to be burning coals, patio heaters, blow torches, gas lighters, and so on – is one of the most dangerous events held by the Australian family. Always have a bucket of cold water on hand, supervise the children at all times, and know what to do should an accidental burn be suffered.

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