FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Don Rawson, Emergency Manager, (760) 839-5404
The Escondido Fire Department, in partnership with The Burn Institute, and the American Burn Association, is proud to be a part of the Scald Injury Prevention Campaign during the 17th Annual National Burn Awareness Week, February 3-9, 2013. While thousands of scald burns occur annually, increased awareness is the key as all scald burns are preventable!
The two most at risk populations are children under the age of five and adults over 65. According to The Burn Institute, scalds cause approximately 40% of all burn injuries, and 53% of all burn injuries to children under 10 treated at the UCSD Burn Center.
Continuous supervision of young children is the most important factor in prevention of scald burns, but there are additional preventive measures you can take including:
- Lower the temperature setting on water heaters to 120° F (49° C) or less
- When filling the bathtub turn on cold water first then mix in warmer water carefully
- Check the water temperature by rapidly moving your hand through the water and if it feels too hot for an adult, it is too hot for a child
- Always supervise children in the kitchen and dining areas
- Keep pot handles turned inward and use oven mitts or potholders when handling
- Keep clothing from coming in contact with flames or heating elements
- Provide a “No-Kid Zone” while preparing and serving hot foods and beverages
Please use National Burn Awareness Week to commit to Scald Injury Prevention. For more information, please visit The Burn Institute www.burninstitute.org or the American Burn Association www.ameriburn.org/preventionBurnAwareness.php for helpful prevention tips.