People would usually turn on the heater at home and use hot water at bath time to have heat during the cold winter. But these practices would cause injuries to some people so it is best to be cautious when using the heating implements.
Doctors have shared some advice on how to prevent these accidents. They say that the incorrect use of heaters at home can cause electrical burns or fire. Meanwhile, careless actions during bath time or cooking using hot liquids may lead to scald burns.
Guide to Staying Warm During Winter Season in Qatar
While it is essential to remain warm in the winter, it is also important to be free from injuries and other accidents. The use of heater or other similar heating devices at home may cause electrical burns or even fire, if used incorrectly. Careless handling of hot liquids during bathing or cooking may lead to scald burns. Here are the ways to prevent these burns:
- Use quality heaters bought at reputable stores. Check for the UL mark on the heater to ensure that these meet international standards for safety
- Plug the heater directly into a wall outlet, since this is a high-powered device. If it is plugged into an extension cord, especially with multiple outlets, it may cause an overload into the electrical system. This can then lead to other problems like blowing of fuse, overheating of device, and even fire.
- Keep the heater away from materials that easily catches fire like curtains, tablecloths, blankets and bed sheets. Allow at least three feet or one meter distance between the heater and these materials.
- Warn children that space heaters may cause burns if they come too close. Also, do not place the heaters in busy areas such as corridors and play areas.
- Always check if the heater’s automatic timer is still functional. Use this timer to limit the running hours of the heater, and avoid overheating.
Use of Hot Liquids
- Do not leave children, especially one year old or younger, unattended during bath time. It is best to be within arm’s length to prevent possible scalding or even drowning.
- Ensure that the bath water temperature is evenly distributed before putting the child in. If not properly distributed, there can be some “hot spots” that may scald the child. The recommended temperature should be no more than 45 degrees Celsius. Use a thermometer or do a “hand-test” to check if the temperature is already tolerable for the child.
- Make sure that the water temperature in the tub has been tested before putting the child in. Avoid adding more hot water when the child is already in the tub.
- Instruct the children not to play in the kitchen when someone is cooking, especially when using hot liquids.
- Avoid carrying a child and a hot beverage at the same time. This usually leads to the child getting scald burns from the nearby hot liquid.
- Be alert when carrying hot food or liquids, and make sure to have a clear and child-free path before walking.