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Updated 06 March 2013

Protect your kids from burns

Every year thousands of South African children are badly hurt, and even maimed as a result of scald burns.

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Every year thousands of South African children are badly hurt, and even maimed as a result of scald burns. Keeping children safe is not just due to “good luck”. Most accidents can be predicted and are therefore preventable.

Take action:
Turn all pot handles toward the back of the stove; be cautious when heating food and liquids in the microwave – they can get extremely hot and burn skin in seconds; don't allow children younger than 10 to remove heated items from the microwave or the stove; ensure that you and your children wear tight-fitting clothing when cooking; never leave cooking food unattended – it's the leading cause of house fires; and unplug appliances when you're not using them and keep the cords out of children's reach. 

 
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