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Fire and Health educators share tips on preventing burns

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- This week is Burn Awareness Week, when fire and health educators share tips on preventing burns.

Over 500,000 people a year get treatment for burn injuries; about half of them are people getting scalded from hot food or water.

Scald burns are painful and you'll need plenty of treatment if you get one. Most of these types of burns happen in the kitchen or bathroom, and the groups most susceptible to them are young children and older adults. That's because they have thinner skin. The second leading cause of death in children four years and younger is scalding.

There are a number of steps you can take to keep you and your family safe. Keep temperature settings on water heaters at 120 degrees or less. Turn cold water on first when filling the bathtub and mix in warm water carefully. Keep all cords wound up and away from edges of counters and tables. Finally, be careful with microwaving foods. The food may be heated past boiling point, but it won't look like it's boiling.