14 Smart Ways to Prevent Burn Related Injuries at Home

Preventing Burns at Home

Injuries from burns are a major concern for people over 65, especially those who live alone. Several reasons account for this. As we age, we experience changes in physical capacity such as decreased mobility, slower reaction time, sensory loss/impairment, fragile bones/joints, and impairments caused by medication. These factors make seniors vulnerable to sustaining an injury from a burn.

To help prevent burns in the home, take along this suggested list of tips.

Home Burn Safety

  • Do not place security bars or nail windows shut; this prevents an emergency exit
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms; test frequently
  • Have an escape route planned in advance should a fire occur
  • Clear clutter in walk ways
  • Make sure space heaters are at least 3 feet away from a flammable object

Electrical Burn Safety

  • Do not overload electrical sockets; remove extension cords
  • Unplug any small appliances such as toasters when not in use
  • Inspect all electrical cords; there should be no frayed or taped cords
  • Do not have an electrical appliance near a sink or tub

Kitchen Burn Safety

  • When cooking, do not wear loose clothing to avoid catching fire
  • Keep a lid handy when frying something on the stove; this can help smother a grease fire
  • Purchase lightweight cookware for people with arthritis or strength issues
  • Discard old, worn pot holders
  • Do not place dishcloths, paper towels, or other combustible items near the stove when cooking
  • Keep a fire extinguisher available

Bath Burn Safety

  • Reduce water heater temperature to 120° F to prevent scalding
  • Change dual handle faucets to single handle faucets for more regulated water temperature
  • Install an anti-scald device on your shower head or faucet