We all want to keep our children safe and secure and help them live to their full potential. Knowing how to prevent leading causes of child injury, like burns, is a step toward this goal.
Burns are the #5 cause of injury-related death to children in the United States. Burns can be caused by hot objects, hot liquids, fire, chemicals, electricity and the sun.
Younger children are more likely to sustain injuries from burns that are caused by hot liquids or steam, while older children are more likely to sustain injuries from flame burns that are caused by direct contact with fire. Most burn injuries happen in the home with tap water scalds occurring in the bathroom or other bathing areas. Other scalds relating to preparation or serving of food occur in the kitchen.
Nearly 75 percent of all burn injuries in children are preventable. Kern Cares reminds the community to “Be Burn Aware” and that everyone—including parents, health care providers, educators, and community members—can take steps to prevent injury where they live, work, and play.
- Burn safety: Protect your child from burns
- Burn and Scald Prevention, Children Ages One to Four Years
- Home Safety/Fire Prevention Checklist
- First Aid for Burns
- Fireworks safety tips
- Fireworks Safety Quiz
- National Fire Protection Association: Safety Information for Consumers and Safety Information for Kids
- Burn Awareness and Prevention for Children Guide
- Pediatric Scalds – Do’s and Don’ts
- Fire Safety Resources for Educators/Child Care Providers
- FireSafety.gov: Eliminating Residential Fire Deaths
- American Burn Association (ABA)
- American Red Cross
- Burn Prevention Network
- Home Fire Drill
- Fireproof Children/Prevention First: Play Safe! Be Safe!
- American Burn Association
- Burn Prevention Foundation
Please take some time to look through the ideas listed in Kern Cares How To Get Involved in Child Burn Prevention to raise awareness and encourage burn prevention in your community.
Learn More About Local Efforts To Build Strong Families & Protect Children
- Kern Cares Make A Difference Gallery
- Kern Cares Articles
- 2014 Kern County Report Card
- Kern Cares 2014/2015 Calendar
- Parenting Resources
- Kern County Service Provider Resource Guide
- Family Resource Center Service Matrix 2012