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Annual event promotes burn awareness, prevention

Nearly every minute, someone in the United States gets a burn injury that requires treatment, and the majority of them are preventable. (WWMT-File)

Nearly every minute, someone in the United States gets a burn injury that requires treatment, and the majority of them are preventable.

The American Burn Association emphasized these statistics during National Burn Awareness Week. The movement's goal was to push prevention ideas and show people how to live safer lives.

According to data gathered from 2013 - 2017, more than 300,000 burn injuries in the United States come from household appliances. Of these, children ages four and under were injured 21 percent of the time.

Pulling down or spilling a hot liquid were the most common causes for these burns.

Some of the top tips from the ABA include:

  • Never carry hot liquids and a child at the same time
  • Never leave a child during bath time
  • Don't place hot drinks on low tables
  • Don't give children responsibilities too young - such as using the microwave.

For more information on burn awareness, such as cooking safety and scald statistics, visit the American Burn Association.

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