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Health Tip: Protect Your Child From Burns

-- Children can suffer severe burns from common items around the house, so it's important to take precautions to prevent accidents.

Here are a few suggestions, courtesy of the National Safety Council:

  • Always test bathwater before allowing a child in the bath. Set the thermostat on your water heater at no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Don't let children take baths in a hot tub, Jacuzzi or whirlpool tub.
  • Keep matches out of a child's reach, and teach children that they are never to play with matches or lighters.
  • Never put down a lit cigarette near a child.
  • While holding your child, never hold a hot drink or cigarette.
  • Monitor children carefully around radiators, space heaters, stoves, ovens and fireplaces. Teach children that they are never to touch these things.
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Posted: June 2008