This article reports a pilot project designed to ascertain what scald burn prevention practices parents of young children used and whether teaching would lead to implementation of burn-related home-safety practices. The sample (n = 49) was followed up longitudinally, and participants completed a survey during two home interviews conducted at 4-week intervals. There was a statistically significant change in the number of scald burn prevention measures (p <.001) implemented by parents after public health nurses provided teaching. Changes in parental behavior were correlated with ethnicity (p <.05). The results have implications for teaching families effective scald burn prevention strategies.
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