Public health department offers help to prevent burns

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - It's National Fire Prevention Week, and the Alabama Department of Public Health urges residents to take precautions to prevent burn injuries at home.

State officials are promoting a campaign called "Stay fire smart, don't get burned."

The most common burn injuries Birmingham Fire and Rescue personnel respond to involve children and incidents in the kitchen.

Never hold a child while cooking and don't leave pot handles sticking out where a child can grab it.

Captain Christopher Thomas also strongly advises you to set the water heater temperature no higher than 120 degrees.

"Because you don't want children to get scalded just from washing their hands," said Captain Christopher Thomas with Birmingham Fire and Rescue. "Another good idea is when you are getting ready to wash your kids in the tub stick your hand in and if it's too hot for hands don't put your child in there."

Every year, more 200,000 people are rushed to emergency rooms in Alabama for burns, with some resulting in death.