KyZaia Jones, a Wyoming teen was airlifted to the pediatric burn specialists at Swedish Medical Center after he was electrocuted trying to help friends who had been in a car accident. When he arrived, the burn teams began nearly six weeks of treatment to care for third degree burns that covered nearly 50 percent of his body.Watch his story here.
While “Ky’s” situation was unique, unfortunately, children, teens and adults suffer injury from burns all too often.
Following are a few tips to remember to help avoid burn injuries.
- Remember to roll up your sleeves when cooking and maintain a three foot “kid-free zone” around the kitchen stove, open fits and space heaters.
- Keep hot drinks away from children. Don’t hold children while carrying a hot liquid.
- Know two ways out of every room. It is important that you and your children have two ways out of every room in the house, in case one is blocked or dangerous to use.
- Children sometimes need help getting out of the house or they may not know how to escape or what to do unless an adult shows them. Make sure children know how to exit the house and where you will meet.
- Have a plan for young children who cannot get outside by themselves. You will need to wake babies and very young children and help them get out. In your plan, talk about who will help each child get out safely.