Here at Healthy Homes, we have a small, but mighty volunteer force. And, possibly no volunteer is more known around the offices as a go-to helper than Alex Markham. She has been a very regular giver of time, talent, and passion over the past three years, and we are thankful to have her as part of the team.
In Case of Emergency
In case of emergency dial 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Burns & Scalding
Bathing and kitchen related accidents are the most common causes of scalds and result in approximately 3,800 injuries each year.
Burns come from both open flames as well as hot surfaces, such as stove tops, pot and pans, hot radiators, exhaust flues, exposed light bulbs and more.
Scalds are also common and come from hot food and liquids. One of the most common causes of scalds, surprisingly, is hot water right out of the tap. While tap water may not seem too hot to a typical adult, children and the elderly have much more sensitive skin and can be harmed when the tap water is above 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Who is at Risk?
Children and the elderly are the most vulnerable to burns and scalds.
Scalds and burns can kill. Burns and scalds cause 9% of home injury deaths.
- Check and adjust the temperature of hot tap water. The maximum heat should be set at 120 F.
- Test children's bath water before placing them in the tub with simple bath thermometer.
- While cooking on the stovetop, keep pot handles turned inwards.
- Use oven mitts and potholders, and keep children away from the cook space.
- Use caution while removing items from the microwave.
- If you have radiators, install radiator covers.
Did You Know...
Hot water should be less than 120 degrees F to avoid risk of scalding.
Burns and Scald Prevention Tips(578 KB)
From Safe Kids Worldwide
This fall, Healthy Homes is starting a new lead education program to help any local family who wants to learn more about lead, and how to manage lead hazards in their home.
Hugo Claudin is the newest full-time staff member in the Healthy Homes direct services department. He will be working directly with families struggling with environmental hazards in their homes, visiting them, making action plans for them, and building relationships with them. Hugo brings a unique perspective and experience to this position. Before coming here, he previously worked for Spectrum Health, LINC, and The Red Project, all in a community health capacity. He is also a well-known artist and musician, and an all-around interesting guy.