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Firefighters warn about preventing burn injuries

By Laura Halm
Published On: Feb 10 2013 04:57:23 PM CST
BRISTOL, Tenn. -

Here's a startling statistic: Every day more than 300 children are rushed to the emergency room with burn-related injuries, that's according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This week is Burn Prevention Week, News 5 checked with Bristol, Tennessee firefighters and learned items inside your home pose the biggest threat. Things like candles, space heaters, and curling irons.

Lieutenant Alan Howard says most burn injuries for children happen in the bathtub, "Actually just from your tap water. You can try to prevent these burns by making sure your hot water heater is set to a maximum of 120-degrees or a medium-low setting."

Firefighters say it takes just five seconds to receive a scald burn from water at 140-degrees.