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American Families Unaware of Burn Dangers at Home
Date:2/9/2009

Home Safety Council(R) and H2otStop(R) Launch Burn Awareness Campaign to Teach Families How to Avoid This Hidden Hazard

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- New research conducted by the national nonprofit Home Safety Council and H2otStop reveals that, while most adults in America (82 percent) agree that there are actions they could take to reduce the risk of burns in their home, nearly half (44 percent) say they haven't done so because they don't believe burns are a serious danger where they live.

In the United States, more than 112,000 people enter a hospital emergency room each year with hot tap water scald burns.* Thousands more suffer injuries from hot foods and beverages heated on the stove or in the microwave. In response to these startling statistics, the Home Safety Council and H2otStop are working together to teach adults ways to protect themselves and their families from scald burn injuries at home.

"The new survey shows that people underestimate the threat hot water, liquid or steam burns pose to their loved ones, especially young children," said Marcy Guterman, Marketing Director, American Valve. "Water that is 120 degrees F or hotter can burn the skin like fire and cause a severe injury in just moments."

Key Findings:

Three in four survey respondents (75 percent) indicate that they or a family member has suffered a burn at home, yet most aren't taking steps to protect their family.

"Scald burn injuries can happen in the blink of an eye and clearly, the public is unaware of this danger," said Meri-K Appy, president of the Home Safety Council. "From the kitchen to the bathroom to the bedroom, and even in the backyard, it is crucial that parents and caregivers take actions to reduce the risk of devastating and even fatal scald burns in their homes."

Families Do Not Understand the Risk of Scald Burns to Children


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