So what are burns?
A burn may be described as damaged sustained to your body's tissue which may be caused following contact with heat; chemicals; electricity; sunlight or radiation. The severity of a burn is dictated by the amount of damage caused to the skin and underlying structures, or the depth of injury. This may include underlying muscle or bone.
The skin may be divided into 3 areas:
The American College of Emergency Physicians: "Burns are one of the leading causes of accidental injuries in childhood, and the greatest tragedy is that many of these could have been prevented, fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect you and your family and avoid a trip to the emergency department."
- Don't leave hot cups of coffee on the table or counter edges
- Don't carry hot liquids or food near your child or while holding your child
- Always test food temperatures before serving a child
- When cooking, keep pot handles turned away from the front or side of the stove. Never leave pans unattended
- Cover unused electrical outlets
- Don't put water on a grease or oil fire
- Know what to do in the case of your clothes catching fire: STOP (don't run) DROP (to the floor immediately) ROLL (cover your face and hands while rolling to smother the flames)