Firefighters tell us the number one cause of burns in Las Vegas happen when people are cooking in your kitchen. Some of the tips they’ve provided may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people forget them.
It’s National Burn Awareness Week! @LasVegasFD @firepeio gives us some tips on how to prevent burns (most of which happen while cooking) & what you can do to heal them. We’re #live all morning on @8NewsNow Good Day! #8NN #burnawareness #firesafety pic.twitter.com/tp6YRXJT6M— Orko Manna (@orko_manna) February 8, 2019
For example, when you’re in front of a stove and have a pot on the burner, make sure the handle is turned in so you don’t accidentally hit it and burn yourself. It’s even better if you can put the pot on the back burners so it’s out of the way.
Heating food in a microwave can also be dangerous. It’s actually the main cause of child burns here in the Las Vegas valley.
Containers get very hot, very quick, so let them cool down before taking them out. Another thing to watch out for is heating water. We all like a nice cup of coffee or tea, but when the water gets to 120 degrees it can severely injure you.
Cooking grease can cause fires. Do you know how to put it out? Don’t try to move it to the sink — it’s dangerous! @firepeio says he’s seen people do this & it brings more problems. Just take the lid and push the flames in, if it’s safe to do so. @8NewsNow #8NN pic.twitter.com/SL4ozeIbia— Orko Manna (@orko_manna) February 8, 2019
Back to the stove, cooking grease can catch fire. If it does catch fire experts say do not touch it.
Grease fires can cause third-degree burns – those are the most dangerous because they can get infected. Infections are the leading cause of death when it comes to burns.