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