Here are some HOT tips to avoid frostbite

Here are some HOT tips to avoid frostbiteThis being Wisconsin, we still have more cold weather ahead of us, so it’s important for parents to understand the risk of frostbite during Winter weather.

Frostbite occurs when the skin and underlying tissues freeze. Even a short period of the skin being exposed to subfreezing temperatures can have long-term consequences such …Click here to continue reading

How parents can help children avoid scald burns

How parents can help children avoid scald burnsBrrrr — it’s cold out there. It’s February in Wisconsin, and I expect this weather, but I have to admit, it’s starting to wear me down. I’ve been trying different things to keep warm, like hot chocolate, or my favorite comfort food, macaroni and cheese. And there’s nothing like a hot shower after shoveling snow!

As a nurse in the Burn Program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, I want you to know that serious scald burns can be caused by wet heat, like steam or boiling water. Sadly, I’m …Click here to continue reading

Fireworks on the 4th of July: 9 ways to keep your kids safe

Fireworks on the 4th of July: 9 ways to keep your kids safe

Sparklers can burn at more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit.

As a nurse in the Burn Program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, I’ve cared for kids who have suffered serious burns to their hands, feet, faces and bodies as a result of the careless use of fireworks.

Many people think sparklers are safe, but I know all too well that sparklers can be just as dangerous as larger fireworks, …Click here to continue reading

Protect yourself and your family: Seven tips for preventing burns

Every year at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, we see children who have been burned. Working in the Burn Clinic, I often hear family members say, “If only I had not left the lighter out where he could reach it,” or “if only we hadn’t lit that candle.” Accidents happen, but many burns can be prevented by keeping a few easy tips in mind …Click here to continue reading

10 tips to teach your children about burn prevention and fire safety

Even though we’ve had a warmer than usual winter, this time of year I still love the idea of curling up in front of a fireplace with a book and a hot cup of cocoa. But cold weather also brings a higher risk for fires and burns.

We were lucky to have some special visitors to the hospital from the Greenfield and Waukesha fire departments to teach kids about fire safety and how to prevent burns. They shared some great steps that all families can take to keep themselves …Click here to continue reading

Pizza topped with prevention may just save your life

Do you like pizza? Do you like fire trucks? If you answered yes, your family should participate in Delivering Fire Prevention.

It’s happening Thursday evening, Oct. 20, in communities across southeast Wisconsin. If you order a pizza for delivery and have children age 14 and younger, you may be chosen to have your community’s fire department deliver your pizza – in a fire truck with lights flashing and horns blaring! …Continue reading this post

Summer fire safety: Safety Tips for Outdoor Cooking and Fire Pits

Summertime means lots of fun outdoor activities both during the day as well as at night. Whether it’s outdoor cooking or telling a story around the fire pit, both pose potential injury risk, especially for children. Kids love toasted marshmallows, but adults should be the ones to toast them. Remember marshmallows get hot and can burn.

Every summer Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin sees a number of injuries related to fire pit use. These injuries …Continue reading this post

Little hands and fireworks – not a bright idea

The summer months are a time when families enjoy a variety of activities outdoors; however, it’s also when fireworks cause devastating residential fires and serious injuries to children. According to the United States Fire Administration, fireworks injure nearly 9,000 people annually. Children younger than 15 years old account for 39 percent of the estimated fireworks injuries, which include serious burns. In 2009, 67 percent of fireworks injuries occurred between June 19 and July 19.

The National Fire Protection Agency reports that sparklers, which typically are viewed by parents as relatively harmless fireworks for children, cause serious burn injuries, accounting for one-third of the injuries to children age 5 and younger.

Safe Kids USA urges parents to practice these safety tips recommended by the United States Fire administration to reduce the risk of a residential fire or a trip to the emergency room and ensure this summer is a safe one for your family.

Fireworks safety

  • The best way to enjoy fireworks is to visit public fireworks displays hosted by professionals who know how to safely handle fireworks.
  • If you plan to use fireworks, make sure they are legal in your area.
  • Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.
  • Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly.
  • Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks.
  • Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it. Put it out with water and dispose of it.
  • Closely supervise children around fireworks at all times.

For more information about summer fire safety, visit

~ Lisa Klindt Simpson, coordinator, Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin

A burning topic of interest

Brrrr—it’s cold out there. Or at least it is here. It’s February in Wisconsin, and we expect this weather. We try lots of different things to stay warm, but often we don’t realize these things could cause serious burns. This is national Burn Awareness Week and as a nurse with Children’s Hospital’s burn program, I’d like share a few burn prevention tips to help keep you and your family safe this winter: …Click here to continue reading