Injury Prevention Program

Children have curious and creative minds.

I can still remember one day I picked my child up from school. He was so excited to tell me all about his day. He looked at me and with excitement in his voice and said, “Mom, when I grow up I want to be a scientist!” Since then, his career choices have changed to mechanic, rock star, chef, handyman, etc. Super heroes have even made an appearance. Luckily, my camera has always been at arm’s reach. My favorite pictures have captured half chef / half superhero or half superhero / half scientist combos.

You boy dressed as a scientist

As your child shares their career choices and dreams, I want to share with you the America Burn Association (ABA) has recognized National Burn Awareness Week as the first week in February.

Did you know burns in children could occur even without a fire? Sadly, burns can happen when children have direct contact with hot liquids, steam, hot objects, electricity or chemicals.

As we seek opportunities to encourage our children to explore, pretend play and allow them to express themselves, let us do this by first creating a safe home environment.

Young girl pulling a pot off the stove

Always remember to:

  1. Never let young children use the microwave on their own. Food can cook in uneven temperatures.
  2. Keep hot pots and drinks away from the stovetops, counter tops and edges. Pot handles should always be turned back.
  3. Never carry a child while you cook or hold hot liquids.
  4. Unplug irons or curling irons.
  5. Store and lock up matches, lighters, fireworks, batteries, hot glue guns, gasoline and chemicals.


If you would like to learn more about how to create a safe home environment, click here.