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Burn Prevention Program Tested in Sacramento

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, June 11, 2012

Sacramento-area firefighters have been testing a community outreach program designed to prevent burns by scalding. 

 The National Scald Prevention Campaign says 64,000 children under the age of four are treated for scalding burns every year.  Supporters of the campaign funded the special training and outreach by the Sacramento Firefighter's Burn Institute.   

The Institute's Jim Doucette says since late March, firefighters have spread the message of prevention to schools and community groups with the idea the message would be relayed.       

DOUCETTE: "Parents obviously will put them in a bathtub that's way too hot. Or, a lot of times, they're cooking and they'll pull a pot of boiling water or some other hot liquid on them.  And then, hot coffee or something: the kid grabs the parent's coffee cup."

Doucette says firefighters have also handed out spill-resistant coffee mugs and bathtub thermometers.  The Institute has applied for more thermometers and mugs from federal safety funds. 

Next week, trainers and trainees will submit a report back to the campaign's backers before a national program is finalized.
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