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Preventing and Treating Burns

A burn is any injury to tissues of the body caused by heat, electricity, chemicals or radiation. About two million people suffer from burns in the United States each year. Burn injuries are the nation’s third largest cause of accidental death and cause 300,000 serious injuries and 6,000 fatalities each year.

It seems like when I am in a hurry or just not really paying attention I always manage to reach across a hot pan edge when I am cooking and burn myself. So I figure this post might help a few of you avoid these awful experiences.  

Preventing Burns While Cooking

The kitchen is the heart <3 of the home, and it’s not surprising that most accidental burns occur there. Fortunately, many of these burns can be prevented. Here are a few tips to help you make your kitchen a safer place.

  • * Stay in the kitchen while food is cooking.
  • * Turn pot handles toward the back or center of the stove.
  • * Don't reach across the hot pans while cooking
  • * Use hot pads and oven mitts 
  • * Keep items such as dish towels, plastic bags, and long sleeves away from the heating surface.
  • * Never cook while holding a child or pet.
  • * Keep small children and pets away from the front of the oven or stove.

Burn Care

Minor Burn Care
  • Apply burn ointment specific for burns, cover the burn with a sterile bandage or clean cloth and protect it from pressure and friction.
  • Take over the counter edications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain. 
  • Over-the-counter pain medications may help reduce inflammation and swelling as well as help with the pain.
  • Minor burns usually heal without more treatment. Treat a burn as a major burn if the area is more than 2 to 3 inches in diameter or if it is located on the hands, feet, face, groin, buttocks or major joints.

  • DO NOT use cream, lotion, oil, cortisone, butter, or egg white.

Major Burn Care

  • Do not apply ointment other than burn ointment, butter, ice, medications, fluffy cotton, adhesive bandages, cream or oil spray. These can interfere with the healing process.
  • Do not allow the burn to become contaminated. Avoid putting burnt hands or fingers in your mouth  or blow or breath on the burn.
  • Do not touch or peel blistered and dead skin.
  • Do not give the victim anything to ingest if he/she has a severe burn.
  • Do not immerse a severe burn in cold water or apply cold compresses. This can cause shock.

Here is a video for preventing and treating burns from a doctor on Fox News.


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