Burn Awareness Week: ‘It Can Happen in a Flash with a Splash’


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  This week is Burn Awareness Week.

According to Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey, young children are more likely to suffer burn injuries than any other age group. Among those injuries, hot liquids are the leading cause of burns in children. That’s why this year’s Burn Awareness Week theme is, ‘It Can Happen in a Flash with a Splash.’

Ostroskey said it only takes one second for water at 155 degrees to cause a third degree burn. He offered the following tap water safety tips:

  •  Set your hot water heater to 125˚F or less. Massachusetts law requires a temperature between 110˚F and 130˚F.
  • Supervise young children in the bath and face them away from faucets. Babies and toddlers can turn on hot water when you turn your back.
  • Use a thermometer to test the water coming out of your bath water tap.
  • Run your hand through bath water to test for hot spots.

Ostroskey said it is also important to leave hot liquids out of reach of young children:

  • Never hold or carry a child while you have a hot drink in your hand. A wiggling baby can cause a spill on himself or on you.
  • Consider using a “travel mug” with a tight fitting lid to prevent or minimize spills.
  • Keep hot drinks and soups away from the edge of tables and counters and avoid using tablecloths and placemats. Putting them in the center of the table keeps them away from curious fingers.

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