Safety around heat sources

Preventing injuries.

Childproofing your home to prevent injuries from heat sources:

- keep guards around open heaters, radiators, and floor furnaces

- teach children that the heat source is hot

- teach them to know red from blue and that red is hot and blue is cold.

Signs of an injury:

1st degree- redness of the skin, swelling, pain is sometimes present

2nd degree- blisters begin to develop, very red, splotchy appearance, severe pain and swelling

3rd degree- permanent tissue damage, area may be charred black or appear dry and white

How to treat the injury:

1st and 2nd degree- Treat a first-degree burn and sometimes a second-degree burn as a minor burn unless it involves the hands, feet, face or a major joint, which requires emergency medical attention.

* Cool the burn under cool (not cold) running water for 10-15 minutes

*Cover the burn with a sterilize bandage to protect it from further harm

*Take over the counter pain reliever which include: aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Aleve or Tylenol

3rd degree- call 911 or emergency medical help. Until an emergency unit arrives, follow these steps:

* Do not remove burned clothing but make sure the victim is not in contact with the burning material or exposed to smoke or heat.

*DO NOT put a large severe burn in cold water. It can cause a drop in body temperature which can cause hypothermia

*Check for signs of circulation like breathing, coughing or movement. If no breathing begin CPR

*Elevate the burned body part or parts. Raise above heart level, when possible.

*Cover the area of the burn with a clean cool bandage

* Most importantly: Get a tetanus shot.