3 ways to avoid being burned

Burn Awareness Week is February 1 – 7. During this time, it’s a good idea to talk with your family about burn prevention and how to avoid scalds. The American Burn Association (ABA) estimates that nearly 500,000 burn injuries are treated in hospitals each year. Roughly half of these injuries are scalds. 

Most burn injuries occur in the home, usually in the kitchen or bathroom. A scald injury can happen at any age, but young children and older adults are most vulnerable. By making simple behavioral or environmental changes, scalds can be prevented. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers these tips to stay safe:

  1. Place hot liquids and food in the center of the dinner table or toward the back of the counter;
  2. Open microwaved food slowly, away from your face; and
  3. Have a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drinks are prepared or carried.

If someone in your household suffers a burn injury, the NFPA says to treat the burn immediately by running cool water on the affected area for 3 – 5 minutes, covering the area with a damp, dry cloth, and seeking medical attention.

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