Prevent Contact Burns
A contact burn is a burn caused by touching a hot object. Around 70,000 people visited hospital emergency rooms in 2019 for this type of painful burn.
To avoid these injuries, the American Burn Association (ABA) offers these helpful tips:
- Stand at least 3’ feet away from hot outdoor cooking equipment like grills and pizza ovens. Keep those areas clear of trip hazards.
- Have hot pads nearby whenever cooking. Assume all pots and pans are hot.
- Use long oven mitts when reaching in or over hot surfaces like ovens and grills.
- Treat items coming out of the microwave with the same caution that you would when using the oven.