Burn Safety

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Source: Dan Nestman

We expose our hands to risky situations every single day. We touch surfaces that could be crawling with the next headline-bursting disease. We forget how sharp knives are. Sometimes, we just can’t handle the heat.

This is a picture of my friend who got a pretty bad burn, second-degree on that one finger, because of an unfortunate case of “that pan you want to move just occupied a 400 degree oven” mishap. To avoid kitchen danger, hover your hand near surfaces to check for any radiating heat. Of course, that isn’t very realistic, so it’s always best to be prepared for an accident.

If you get a minor burn, follow these steps:

  1. Run, or immerse, your hand under cool water for 10 – 15 minutes or put a cool compress on it. Just don’t use ice. 
  2. Cover the burn with sterile gauze bandage.
  3. Take a pain reliever if needed.

For more serious burns, check out the Mayo Clinic. Even if this info isn’t immediately relevant to you, it’s always great to have the knowledge for if/when the time comes. Let’s keep our hands safe so we can Hand It in happiness.

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