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Kids don't always understand how easily they can get burned by hot liquids, steam and electrical appliances. Whether in the kitchen or bathroom (where hot water burns toddlers most), it's important for parents to take a few simple precautions.
Top Safety Tips
- With everything going on, we know the water heater is the last thing on your mind. But a small adjustment can give you one less thing to worry about. To prevent accidental scalding, set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or manufacturers recommended setting.
- Check the water with your wrist or elbow before giving your baby a bath.
- Don't leave a small child unsupervised in the bathtub, in the kitchen or around electrical outlets.
- Kids love to reach, so to prevent hot food or liquid spills, simply use the back burner of your stove and turn pot handles away from the edge.
- Don't carry or hold a child while cooking on the stove. Instead, move a high chair in the kitchen within reach or sight before you start. Then talk to your child so they know what's going on. It's a great way to spend time together.
- Unplug and safely store irons, flat irons and other appliances that might be hot to the touch.