As part of national Burn Awareness Week, Shriners Hospitals for Children is highlighting a major hazard to young children: scalding by hot liquids, steam or food.
Scald burns are the most common burn injury to children 4 and younger, but most are easily prevented, Shriners said on its website.
“Scald burns are typically related to ordinary activities – bathing, cooking and eating – and often happen to children because of a lapse in adult supervision,” Shriners said.
Young children have thinner skin than adults and can be burned in a matter of seconds by liquids that are 130 degrees or hotter.
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Shriners recommends lowering the temperature of water heaters to 120 degrees, double checking the heat of bath water, and turning stove-top pot handles inward, among other measures.
For more information, go to beburnaware.org.
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