Children under five years old are more likely to suffer a burn injury than any other age group, according to Massachusetts State Fire Marshall Peter Ostroskey.
Ostroskey has declared February 3 to 9 as Burn Awareness Week in the state.
The leading cause of burns to children doesn’t actually involve fire, but rather hot liquids.
“Small children account for 44 percent of burns for these type of incidents,” said Springfield Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi.
Scalds can happen when a hot liquid is spilled, or bath water is too hot. Last year, a two-month-old Fall River baby suffered burns one-quarter of her body from bath water that was too hot.
Commissioner Calvi told 22News bath water shouldn’t be more than 125 degrees, and pot handles should not hang over the stove.
“Don’t have your kids in your arms while you’re cooking, be careful around stove surfaces, be careful with heating appliances such as space heaters and things of that nature,” said Calvi.
Baystate Medical Center has one burn victim bed, but once that is filled, the nearest burn center is in Boston.