Scalds can be prevented

Comox Valley fire departments want to provide you with information on scald injury prevention.

Scald injuries affect all ages. Young children and the elderly are the most vulnerable.

That is why your Comox Valley fire departments want to provide you with information on scald injury prevention.

Annually in Canada and the United States, over 500,000 people receive medical treatment for burn injuries. Roughly half of these injuries are scalds. Most burns occur in the home, usually in the kitchen or bathroom.

Scalds can be prevented through increased awareness of scald hazards and by making simple environmental or behavioral changes.

These include providing a “kid-safe” zone while preparing and serving hot foods and beverages, and lowering the water heater thermostat to deliver water at a temperature not to exceed 49 degrees Celsius or 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

For more information about preventing scalds, go to www.safekids.ca.

— Comox Valley Firefighters