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Shriners Hospitals for Children warns of scalding

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.

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.

Call The Bee’s Hudson Sangree, (916) 321-1191.

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