Seasoned doctors, parents and teachers will tell you that accidents can happen in mere seconds, and they can happen to anyone. When my 17-month-old daughter reached up and pulled a cup of steaming hot tea all over the left side of her face, I realized just how unprepared I was for this kind of emergency — and my husband is a surgeon!
It was immediately clear that this was serious, and I only had a basic idea of what to do: Run cold water over her and get her to an emergency room. It turned out that she had second-degree burns on the left side of her face and her left arm. In order to avoid this situation in the future (and help other parents in the process), I did some research about simple safety tips to try and avoid burns, as well as how to prepare for them.
Dr. Samar Rachid, DO, family medicine physician at Scripps in San Diego and author of the blog, "Wellness Preserved," weighed in, offering important safety tips for you and your family to review in order to avoid and prepare for a burn emergency.