This is Burn Awareness week and fire fighters are doing their part to share safety tips with their communities to help prevent injuries.

A scald burn can happen in flash and the consequences can be devastating leaving long-term injuries and possible surgery.

Each year, over 450,000 injuries occur in the United States due to severe skin burns. Young children and older adults are the most at risk to be hurt since an overwhelming majority of incidents occur in the home.

To protect yourself and your family from suffering a scald burn follow these safety tips:

•             Set your water heater at 120 degrees F/48 degrees C or just below the medium setting.

•             Use a thermometer to test the water coming out of your bath water tap.

•             Run your hand through bath water to test for hot spots.

•             Use back burners and turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so children cannot pull them down.

•             Use oven mitts when cooking or handling hot food and drinks.

•             Stir and test food cooked in the microwave before serving. Open heated containers away from you from back to front.

•             Keep children away from the stove when cooking by using a safety gate for younger children and marking with tape a 3-foot “no-kid zone” for older children.

•             Keep hot drinks away from the edge of tables and counters and avoid using tablecloths and placemats.

•             Use a “travel mug” with a tight-fitting lid for all hot drinks.

•             Never hold or carry a child while you have a hot drink in your hand.