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Burns- Prevention

Follow some of these safety tips to decrease the chance of getting burned: 
- Do not cook while wearing loose clothing that can easily catch fire over the stove. 
- Use oven mitts that fully cover your hands. 
- Keep chemicals, hot liquids, matches, chemicals out of the reach of children. 
- Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. 
- Clean out fireplaces and stoves to get rid of the buildup of combustible substances like grease. 
- Periodically check to make sure your smoke detectors are working properly. 

References: 
1. Crosby, Kimberly. APhA Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs: Chapter 39 Prevention of Sun-Induced Skin Disorders. 16th Edition, Washington DC: American Pharmacists Association, 2009.
2. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. Burn safety: Protect your child from burns. February 12, 2011. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/child-safety/CC00044. Last accessed September 9, 2011. 
3. Mannheim, Jennifer and David Zieve. First degree burn. November 2, 2010. Available at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/imagepages/8600.htm. Last accessed September 13, 2011. 
4. Heller, Jacob and David Zieve. Second degree burn. January 13, 2010. Available at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/imagepages/8601.htm. Last accessed Septmber 13, 2011. 
5. Heller, Jacob and David Zieve. Third degree burn. January 13, 2010. Available at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/imagepages/8602.htm. Last accessed Septmber 13, 2011. 
6. Heller, Jacob and David Zieve. Burn, thermal. January 13, 2010. Available at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/imagepages/1831.htm. Last accessed September 13, 2011. 
7. Heller, Jacob and David Zieve. Burn, blister. January  13, 2010. Available at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/imagepages/1829.htm. Last accessed September 13, 2011. 

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