Burns in Children: Quick Tips for Burn Prevention

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Guest: Jill Evans RN, MSN

Host: Dr. Linda Austin Psychiatrist

 

Announcer:

Welcome to an MUSC Health Podcast.

Dr. Linda Austin:

I am Dr. Linda Austin. I am talking with Ms. Jill Evans, who is the Coordinator of the Pediatric Burn Services at the Medical University of South Carolina Childrens Hospital. Ms. Evans, lets talk about some tips for prevention of burns, what are some of the most important things that parents should think about?

Jill Evans:

I think the most important a parent should know is that the majority of burn injuries in children occur in and around the home. So, taking a look around your home depending on the ages of your child and kind of doing an assessment of your home and identifying the high-risk areas for burn injury.

Dr. Linda Austin:

In the kitchen, what thing should be considered?

Jill Evans:

Probably number one is that the kitchen is an area where work is done, where tools you use; it is not a real good area that should be identified as a play area or where toys are used because the kitchen is the number one area in the home where accidents occur and most of those accidents are burn injuries.

Dr. Linda Austin:

Where should tap water be set?

Jill Evans:

Tap water on your hot water heater should be set not higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Most water heaters in the country are set at 140 degrees Fahrenheit and at 140 degrees, hot tap water can cause a burn injury to a child in less than three seconds.

Dr. Linda Austin:

Are there any special groups of children, who are particularly sensitive to burn injuries?

Jill Evans:

There are. The majority of burn injuries in this country occur in children under the age of four and the majority of those injuries occur in and around the home. So, the older a child gets, the less risk they have in the home itself, but they have other risk factors outside the home depending on their activities and exposure outside the home, but inside the home, it is children under the age of four.

Dr. Linda Austin:

Jill Evans, thank you so much for talking with us today.

Jill Evans:

Thank you.

Announcer:

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