Monday, February 4, 2013

Scalds - A Burning Issue

February 3-9, 2013 is National Burn Awareness Week

Annually in the United States and Canada, over 500,000 people receive medical treatment for
burn injuries.

Most burns occur in the home, usually in the kitchen or bathroom. Roughly have of these injuries are scalds.

Scald injuries affect all ages. Young children and the elderly are most vulnerable.
Scalds can be prevented through increased awareness of scald hazards and by making simple
environmental or behavioral changes. These include: providing a “kid-safe” zone while preparing and serving hot foods and beverages and lowering the water heater thermostat to deliver water at a temperature not to exceed 120 degrees.

For more information visit the American Burn Association web-site.

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