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Updated 19 November 2014

How to avoid burns at home

Burns are the second leading cause of death among South African girls, and the third leading cause of death among boys.

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Burns are the second leading cause of death among South African girls, and the third leading cause of death among boys. In infants, it's the leading cause. Most accidents are preventable. Learn how to avoid a tragedy.


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Never hold a child while cooking or drinking hot liquids; place pans on back burners and turn all pot handles toward the back of the stove; don't allow children younger than 10 to remove heated items from the microwave or the stove; ensure that you and your kids wear tight-fitting clothing when cooking; never leave cooking food unattended; keep hot foods and liquids away from the edges of counters and tables; keep hot foods and liquids sitting on tablecloths or placemats out of a child's reach; unplug appliances when you're not using them and keep the cords tied up and out of children's reach.

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