Child Burn Hazards and Prevention Tips

In recognition of National Childhood Injury Prevention week, we at The Gilbert Law Group are bringing you information about the serious burn injuries that can dramatically change the quality of life for a child.

Burn injuries are one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality for children in the United States. Each day more than 300 children are treated for burn-related injuries in emergency rooms. Two children lose their life each day as a result of burns.

Types of Burn Hazards

In our modern society there are many burn hazards that can injure children. Be aware that children receive serious burn injuries from everyday household items, such as:

  • Fireplaces
  • Space heaters
  • Toy defects

Children are also at high risk for scalding, electrical and thermal burns. And many children receive burn injuries due to car accidents and car defects.

Prevention Tips

You can help keep your child safe by following a few simple safety tips:

  • Fire alarms. Make sure that fire alarms are installed on every floor of your home and near every room that a family member sleeps in. Test your smoke alarms each month.
  • Escape plan. With the help of the entire family, make and practice an escape plan from your home in case of fire.
  • Safe cooking. Never leave food unattended on the stove, and always supervise your child's use of the stove, microwave, oven, or grill.
  • Cool water. To prevent scalding burns, make sure your water heater is set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.
  • Space heater safety. Keep portable heaters away from combustible materials like trash cans, desks, and file cabinets. Do not leave space heaters unattended.
  • Toy defects. Monitor your child's play and be aware of recalls for dangerous toys.

If your child has suffered severe burn injuries because of defective products or an accident, please call(303) 431-1111 today or contact The Gilbert Law Group® to speak with one of our experienced burn injury lawyers.


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