Northern Safety & Industrial

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. 
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