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What can I do to prevent burns in the kitchen, especially with my kids around?

Scalding water, hot stoves and unsecured electrical plugs are the most common sources of burns within the home, especially with small children. In the kitchen, never leave a hot stove unattended and make sure to turn pot handles inward so they cannot be pulled down by a child. Never cook over a stove while holding a small child. Place them safely in a high chair nearby. Do not heat baby bottles in microwaves due to uneven heating and risk of oral burns. Set hot water tank thermostats to less than 120F and always check water temps with your wrist or elbow. In the bathroom, secure any hot items such as curling irons, clothes irons and unplug hair dryers to avoid children pulling these items off counter tops resulting in mechanical injury or burn.