In recognition of 2022 National Burn Awareness Week, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey encourages families to practice safe-cooking habits.
National Burn Awareness Week runs Feb. 6-12. This year’s theme from the American Burn Association is “Burning Issues in the Kitchen.”
How to prevent injuries causes by burns in the kitchen:
Keep your stovetop clear.
Dress appropriately. Wear short or close-fitting sleeves when cooking to avoid a burn.
Never leave the stove unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling food.
Keep children safe in the kitchen. Have a “kid-free-zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
Monitor your appliances. After cooking, check the kitchen to make sure all burners and other appliances are turned off.
Have a Plan of Action For All Burns
1. Stop Burning Immediately
- Put out fire or stop the person’s contact with hot liquid, steam, or other material.
- Help the person “stop, drop, and roll” to smother flames.
- Remove smoldering material from the person.
- Remove hot or burned clothing. If clothing sticks to skin, cut or tear around it.
2. Remove Constrictive Clothing Immediately
- Take off jewelry, belts, and tight clothing. Burns can swell quickly.
3. See a Doctor
- The doctor can test burn severity, prescribe antibiotics and pain medications, and administer a tetanus shot, if needed.
Resources for American Burn Week:
- For more information, contact the American Burn Association:
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