Give your house a room-by-room check for potential burn and scald dangers.

By Kathleen Ewald
October 05, 2005

Take the following simple steps to protect your child from injury.


  • Set your water heater's thermostat to 120?F or lower.
  • Install showerheads and faucets with antiscald technology (such as MemrySafe or ScaldSafe, available at home- or plumbing-supply stores).
  • Always run the cold-water faucet first, then adjust the temperature with hot water.
  • Before putting your child in a bath, test the water by immersing your whole hand and moving it through the bath.
  • Unplug your hair dryer or curling iron after use and keep it out of kids' reach.
  • Never leave a young child unattended in the bathroom.


  • Try to keep young children out of the kitchen while you are cooking.
  • Turn all pot handles toward the back of the stove.
  • Never cook or hold something hot while carrying your baby.
  • Always test food prepared in a microwave oven before serving it to your child; the food often gets much hotter than the container.
  • Keep kids away from a hot oven; the metal door can cause a serious burn.
  • Place hot foods and drinks away from the table's edge.
  • Keep matches, candles, and caustic substances in locked cabinets.

In every room:

  • Cover unused electrical outlets with safety plugs.
  • Keep appliance cords out of reach.
  • Unplug clothing irons and room heaters when you're not using them, and keep them out of children's reach.
  • Restrict access to exposed pipes, fireplaces, and metal radiators.


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