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NATIONAL BURN AWARENESS WEEK

FEBRUARY 3-9, 2019 | THEME: SCALD BURNS

SERVICEMASTER DSI SAFETY TIPS FOR SCALDS AND BURNS
Scald injuries are damage to the skin caused by heat that can happen at any age. Scald burns are the second leading cause of all burn injuries. A scald is caused by hot water or steam.

Scald Safety
• Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge.
• Install anti-scald devices on bath tub faucets and shower heads.
• Test the water at the faucet. It should be less than 100° Fahrenheit
• Test the water before getting into the bath.
• Place hot liquids and food in the center of a table or the back of a counter.
• Open microwaved food slowly, away from the face, and allow it to cool before
eating.
• Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.

Treating burns and scalds
To treat a scald burn, follow the first aid advice below:
1. Immediately get away from the heat source.
2. Cool the burn with cool or lukewarm running water for 5-10 minutes. Don’t
use ice, iced water, or any creams or ointments.
3. Remove clothing, diapers, jewelry and any metals from the affected burned area.
4. Cover the burn by placing a layer of cling film over it.
5. Reduce swelling by sitting up as much as possible, rather than lying down.
6. Consult with your doctor on how to treat any pain you may have from the burn.

Seek medical attention for more serious burns:
• Chemical and electrical burns.
• Large or deep burns – any burn bigger than your hand.
• Burns that cause white or charred skin that cause blisters.
• If you have breathed in smoke or fumes, also seek medical attention.

Some symptoms may be delayed and can include:
• Coughing
• A sore throat
• Difficulty breathing
• Facial burns

KEEP YOUR FAMILY AND HOME SAFE FROM FIRES
Like most scald burns, home fires are more likely to start in the kitchen than any other room in the home. Ensure your home is equipped with working smoke alarms. Once a month, press the test button to check each smoke alarm. At least once a year, all smoke alarm batteries should be replaced. Keep your family and home safe from fires by creating a fire escape plan. Practice it often to make sure each family member know exactly what to do in the event of a fire.

If you have experienced a fire loss, contact the professionals at ServiceMaster DSI to provide the repair your home needs, as well as provide you with peace of mind® after disaster strikes.

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