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Prevent scalding with Burn Awareness Week

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- It's Burn Awareness Week and the Yakima Fire Department wants you to take steps to prevent scalding.  

According to statistics around 75% of burn injuries to young children are scald burns. Scalding can be burns from hot food, water or oil, with most of these accidents happening in the kitchen. 

Ron Melcher, deputy fire marshal with Yakima Fire said parents can prevent burns by making sure pots, pans and plates are away from the edge of the counter or stove. 

"Anyone with children knows it only takes two seconds and they're off in different directions so you have to do it as you go. You can't take any short cuts," said Melcher.

If you receive a scald burn here's what you should do: remove affected clothing, cool scalded area with cool water, cover it with clean, dry covering,  do not apply creams or ointments and if necessary call 9-1-1.