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Your Place: Tips on Keeping your Family Free of Burns at Home

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By Alan J. Heavens

oven_mitts_kids_wearing(MCT)—This is Burn Awareness Week, so I thought we’d take some time to talk about safety. It’s an important subject: The National Fire Protection Association says fire- or burn-related causes injure 350 children age 19 and under every day.

Here are a few kitchen precautions to consider, thanks to the folks at First Alert:

• Cook on the back burners when young children are present, and keep all pot handles turned back, away from the stove’s edge.

• At mealtime, place hot items in the center of the table, at least 10 inches from the edge. Use non-slip placemats instead of tablecloths if toddlers are present.

• Never drink or carry hot liquids while carrying or holding a child.

• Keep fire extinguishers close by, and within easy reach of the cooking area.

©2014 The Philadelphia Inquirer
Distributed by MCT Information Services

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