Local doctor shares safety tips for avoiding, treating kitchen burns

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TULSA, Okla. — Many families are changing their Thanksgiving plans this year in the pandemic, which could mean more first-time cooks in the kitchen.

Local firefighters and doctors are sharing safety tips to make sure the holiday runs smoothly for your family.

Dr. Tara Wilson, director of the Alexander Burn Center in Tulsa says they typically see the most cooking burns this time of year, because there are so many different dishes being made, using the stove, oven, grill, etc.

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One of the more common burns she sees are contact burns and scalds, like if a hot liquid spills on someone, or if you unknowingly touch a hot surface

Dr. Wilson recommends reading the directions of any new cooking devices thoroughly, and keeping all handles on the stove turned toward the wall, so it’s not accidentally bumped or pulled by a child.

Children should stay out of the kitchen and at least three feet away from all hot surfaces.

If you do get burned, Dr. Wilson says to remove the burn source, run the spot under lukewarm water, and cover it with a clean dressing.

No burn is too small to seek medical attention. If the skin turns pink or red, doctors say its typically treated like a sunburn and will heal in a couple of days. If the skin blisters, that will likely require medical attention.