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National Burn Awareness Week focuses on gasoline safety

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February 7th-13th is National Burn Awareness Week, and one of the focuses this year is the danger of gasoline.

Every year thousands of children are burned because of improper storage or use of gasoline. Gasoline is only supposed to be used to power an engine.

But many people use it as starter fluid and cleaning solution and are leaving it out in the open. Brian Carter says proper storage is one of the best preventative measures you can take.

"Try to keep gasoline in marked gasoline containers, lids closed, spouts put away. And in a safe, out of the way area," says Carter. "Not out on the ground, underneath a shelter and not in direct sunlight."

Never store gasoline inside the house and never allow children to touch gasoline containers even under supervision. Also, never put anything but gasoline in a marked gasoline container.