(2/17/12) - Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal reminds families to take caution during Scald and Burn Month (February) as well as year-round. Injuries from scalds and burns are some of the most painful and severe that children can suffer. Fortunately, most of them can be prevented by making a few easy modifications in the home and by teaching your family what to do in case of an emergency.
Kitchen safety is a must. Never leave the kitchen while you are cooking - - if you must leave the room, take the child with you. Never carry or hold children and hot foods or liquids at the same time.
It is always best to cook with pots and pans on back burners and turn handles away from the front. Keep hot foods and liquids away from table and counter edges. Removing tablecloths from tables can also help to prevent accidents. Furthermore, do not allow young children to use the microwave.
For more information on preventing injuries in children, visit the Safe Kids website at www.safekids.org.
Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability to children ages 0 to 14. Its members include Florence County Sheriff's Department, City of Florence Police Department, South Carolina Highway Patrol, and the City of Florence Fire Department. Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal was founded in 1995 and is led by McLeod Health, and funded in part by the McLeod Health Foundation.