“Hot Liquids Burn Like Fire!” Awareness for preventing scald injuries during February 5-11, 2023
February 5-11, 2023, is National Burn Awareness Week. This year's emphasis is on preventing scalds and burns.
A scald injury can happen at any age, however, children, adults, and those with disabilities are especially at risk.
According to a report by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), scald burns are the second leading cause of all burn injuries and can cause third-degree burns almost instantly.
National Burn Awareness Week safety tips:
Teach children that hot things can burn. Install scald prevent devices on shower heads and water faucets.
Always supervise children in or near bathtubs.
Before placing a child in the bath test the water, it should be warm, not hot to the touch.
Place hot liquids and food near the center of a table or the back of a counter.
Have a "kid-free-son" of at least three feet around stoves and other hot surfaces.
Allow microwaved food to cool before eating.
Never hold a child while cooking or carrying hot foods.
If a burn happens treat it immediately with cool water for 3-5 minutes and cover with a clear and dry cloth.
Get medical help if needed.