Firefighters emphasize prevention for Burn Awareness Week
February 5, 2013
NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 5, 2013
Eastside Fire & Rescue offers safety tips for Burn Awareness Week, Feb. 3-9, to prevent scald-related injuries and other burns.
The nonprofit American Burn Association emphasized scald injury prevention for the annual observance.
In the United States and Canada each year, more than 500,000 people receive medical treatment for burn injuries — roughly half for scalds.
Most burns occur in the home, and usually in the kitchen or bathroom. Scalds can be prevented through increased awareness of scald hazards and by simple environmental or behavioral changes.
Changes include providing a kid-safe zone for preparing and serving hot foods and beverages, and lowering the water heater thermostat to deliver water at a temperature not to exceed 120 degrees.
The kid-safe zone should remain out of the traffic path between the stove and sink, so children can safely play and still be supervised.
Set home water heater thermostats to deliver water at a temperature no higher than 120 degrees. Provide constant adult supervision for young children or anybody who may experience difficulty removing themselves from hot water independently.