Fire Safety Group Offers Burn Prevention Tips

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Fire Safety Group Offers Burn Prevention Tips


Byline: Submitted by Illinois Fire Safety Alliance

During Burn Awareness Week, which began Sunday, Feb. 4, and runs through Saturday, Feb. 10, the nonprofit Illinois Fire Safety Alliance reminds Illinois residents to think about burn prevention in their daily lives.

Burn Awareness Week provides an opportunity for burn fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in their communities. The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance stresses the importance of fire safety, scald prevention, and other measures that prevent burns to infants, children, and adults not only during this awareness week, but throughout the entire year.

"Through public education, we can reduce the number of burn injuries and the associated medical costs being sustained by residents in Illinois," says Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Executive Director Philip Zaleski.

According to the American Burn Association, an estimated 450,000 burn injuries are treated annually in the United States and approximately 40,000 hospitalizations were required for those injuries. One out of every three burn injuries are the result of hot liquids, or scalds.

A few safety tips to help prevent scald burns and injuries include:

* Set water heater temperatures no higher than 120F and test temperatures before bathing.

* Do not leave children unattended in bathtubs or allow them to sit near faucet handles.

* Create a "No Kid Zone" in the kitchen around stoves and ovens; place pots and pans on back burners with handles turned away from edges. …

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