State Fire Marshal Announces
Burn Awareness Week
February 7 - 13, 2010
February 05, 2010
Alaska State Fire Marshal, David Tyler reminds Alaskans that
February 7th through February 13th 2010 is Burn Awareness Week.
"Burn Awareness Week is an opportunity for Alaskans to
focus on simple safety measures we can take to prevent burn injuries,"
says Tyler. From 2005 to 2009, there were 369 burn injuries
reported to the Alaska Division of Fire and Life Safety. On average,
73 Alaskans suffer burn injuries ranging in severity from moderate
to fatal each year.
The number one burn injury
in Alaska is scalding from hot liquids. Unfortunately many of
these burns happen to children under 12 years old. Fire Marshal
Tyler offers these tips to prevent scald burns:
- Remember to keep children
away from the cooking area in a safe zone.
- Turn pot handles inward in
order to avoid knocking them over.
- Use hot mitts to protect hands
- Don't drink hot coffee or
tea while holding babies and toddlers.
- Turn on cold water first then
add hot water.
- Test bath water before putting
children in it.
- Place children facing away
from faucets in the tub
- Never leave children alone
in the tub for a single instant
Burn First Aid
If someone does suffer a burn,
the most important thing is to get the fire out. "Teach
children to stop, drop and roll, if their clothing is on fire,
"says Tyler. "Cool a burn with cool water, don't use
ice or butter or ointment which can make the burn worse, and
be sure to call 9-1-1 for medical help for all but the most minor
burns," he added.
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