Don’t feel the burn!
Contact burns are thermal burns where the person has come into direct contact with hot objects. Examples include burns from contact with a hot stove or pan and burns from contact with portable heating appliances. Ensure you are protecting yourself with oven mitts, shoes and proper clothing to avoid a contact burn.
Treat a burn right away. Cool the burn with cool water for 3–5 minutes. Cover with a clean, dry cloth. Get medical help if needed.
Action Steps You Can Take
- Supervise children around hot objects at all times.
- Stand at least 3 feet away from hot outdoor objects.
- Protect your feet from hot objects by wearing shoes when walking on hot pavement or sand. Keep pets off hot pavement too.
- Turn heating pads and blankets off before sleep
- Treat items coming from the microwave as you would items from the oven.
- Test the water at the faucet. It should be less than 100° Fahrenheit (38° Celsius).
- Never hold a child while you are cooking, drinking a hot liquid, or carrying hot foods or liquids.
- Choose pre-packaged soups whose containers have a wide base or, to avoid the possibility of a spill, pour the soup into a traditional bowl after heating.
- Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
- Glass fireplace doors remain hot for 1 hour+ after use. Make sure fireplace on switches and remote controls are out of the reach of children.
You can download and print this Burn & Scald Prevention flier for more information.