Experts provide safety tips during Burn Awareness Week

Posted at 7:19 PM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 20:19:27-05

It's National Burn Awareness Week. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, burns are the fifth leading cause of death for children ages one to 14.  Burns lead to thousands of emergency room trips each year caused by things like hot water in the bathtub or children getting hurt while parents cook dinner.  

"Children have thinner skin than we do. It doesn't take as long to get those burns, so something as simple as taking something out of the microwave, and the liquid can spill, and you have a scald burn," explains Kimberly Hess with the Center for Childhood Safety in Green Bay.

Experts say teaching your kids about stove safety and taking extra care to turn off irons and other hot objects will help prevent accidental injuries.