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4. Ways to Prevent Accidental Burns

a. Place guards in front of open heaters, fireplaces, steam radiators, and floor furnaces.

b. Keep hot liquids, hot foods, and electric cords of irons, toasters, and coffeepots out of reach. Pot handles should be turned in. Use back burners.

c. Always test foods and bottles for temperature before serving.

d. Keep matches and/or cigarette lighters locked up or on your person.

e. Never leave young children or babies alone in the kitchen.

f. Do not allow young children to turn on hot water faucets.

g. Do not allow young children to step into a bath unless you have tested the water temperature.

h. Place electric cords or electric extension cords loosely behind furniture; young children may chew on these, especially when teething.

i. It is best never to smoke in the presence of infants and young children. If you choose to ignore this caution, provide ashtrays to smoking guests, making sure all cigarettes are dead when the guests leave.


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