Rural Metro Fire joined other fire departments to raise awareness about burn injuries.
This year’s theme of National Burn Awareness week is “scald.”
Officials said every minute a person is seriously burned in the United States.
Rural Metro Fire is offering a few tips on how to prevent scald burns in your home.
- Turn pot handles away from the stove and use back burners when cooking
- Use dry oven mitts when moving hot cookware
- Make sure children do not play in the kitchen when cooking
- Be cautious when uncovering food from the microwave. This can cause steam burns.
- Third degree burns occur when water reaches 155 degrees. Coffee often severed hotter than this temperature.
- Wait one minute before opening microwave popcorn to avoid being burned by the steam
- Run cold water over an injured area if you are burned. Remove any clothing from the area and cover with a dry, sterile bandage. Do not use first aid cream and seek medical attention immediately.