Monday, February 6, 2017

Safety Tips for Burn Awareness Week

The first full week of February each year is dedicated to burn awareness. Being unsafe in the kitchen can not only lead to severe burns and scalds, but could also cause a kitchen fire. According to the American Burn Association, approximately 4,000 deaths occur from fire and burn injuries and about 600,000 burn injuries are treated in hospital emergency departments. In today's blog, your local independent insurance agent at the Lake of the Ozarks offers a few safety tips for burn and fire prevention.

Scald, Burn & Fire Prevention Tips

While we traditionally associated burns with fires, scald burns caused by hot liquids should also be of high concern, especially with young children. Keep these safety tips in mind when cooking and when dealing with hot liquids or open flames.

1. If possible, use the back burners when cooking on the stove top.

2. Be sure to turn pot handles away from the stove's edge when cooking.

3. Never leave food cooking on a stove-top unattended.

4. Use a timer when baking food and check it regularly to make sure it's not spilling over, which could lead to a fire.

5. When cooking with oil, be sure to heat the oil slowly to the temperature that you need. Then add food gently so the hot oil does not splatter.

6. Always cook with a lid beside your pan. If you have a fire, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner.

7. Keep all small kitchen appliance cords coiled and away from counter edges.

8. Use oven mitts or potholders when removing hot food from the oven or microwave. Never use wet oven mitts or potholders, as they can cause scald burns.

9. Replace old or worn out oven mitts.

10. Keep oven mitts and potholders away from the stove top, as these items can easily catch fire.

11. Open hot food containers slowly, away from the face to avoid steam burns.

12. Keep hot foods and liquids away from table and counter edges.

13. Use non-slip place settings when you have young children. 

14. If you have young children, avoid using tablecloths that the children can pull on. They could easily pull a hot dish or beverage over onto themselves.

15. Never carry a hot beverage or dish while also carrying a child. One wrong step and you can easily spill hot liquid onto the child or the child can easily stick their hand in the hot dish.

16. Keep children out of the kitchen and away from BBQ grills when you're cooking.

17. Always turn on the cold water faucet first and then turn on the hot water.

18. Set the temperature on your water heater to 125°F or less.

19. Keep children away from fireplaces and candles.

20. Never leave a burning candle unattended, especially with children around. Also place candles out of reach of children.

Review Your Insurance

In the event of a burn or fire, you want to make sure you're properly insured. Having good health insurance will help you with the financial burden of medical bills if you have to be treated for a severe burn. Make sure you're aware of what your deductible is and how much your insurance covers after that. In many situations where you could get burned, the possibility of a fire starting is also there. In fact, kitchen fires make up nearly half of all the reported home structure fires. Therefore, it's also important to make sure your Lake of the Ozarks homeowners insurance is up-to-date. Give your Osage Beach insurance agent a call at 573-348-2794 to start reviewing your insurance policies today!

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About the Author: Steve is a double back-flip insurance ninja. He was named Young Insurance Agent of the Year by the Missouri Association of Insurance Agents in 2010 and is a Certified Insurance Counselor. When he is not helping customers, he enjoys community service, Latin dancing with his beautiful wife and going on adventures with his two awesome sons.

Steve Naught, CIC
3736 Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Next to Golden Coral