Be careful — it may be hot.
Getting burned can be painful. Serious burns can lead to hospital visits and death.
The Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue (PWCDFR) is partnering with the American Burn Association and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) to raise awareness about burn injuries, according to a release.
“Scalds are just one of several burning issues in which health and safety officials have joined forces as advocates for public education in the prevention of burn injuries,” PWCDFR Chief Tim Keen said in a release. “Help us, help you, by being ‘Burn Aware.’”
PWCDFR has some suggestions for preventing burns.
The department advises stove users to face pot handles toward the back and utilize rear burners.
Safety gates and “no kid zones” can help keep youth away from stoves, and hot drinks should be placed away from the ends of tables.
Citizens are encouraged to place covers on electrical outlets, which shouldn’t be overloaded.
To learn more information, visit the American Burn Association website, the Safe Kids USA website, and the Shriners Hospital for Children website.