Kerbela Shriners raise awareness about burn prevention

7:04 PM, Feb 7, 2013   |    comments
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The Kerbela Shriners are giving back to some local fire departments by raising awareness about burn prevention.

The group donated more than 2,000 activity books and safety cards Thursday. That material focuses on how to prevent burns and scalds in small children.

The shriners say nearly 60 percent of scald burns happen to kids younger than four. Many of those burns happen from tap water and most can be avoided.

"The burns, 85 percent of the kids seen for burns in hospitals and doctors' offices are preventable. So when you start thinking about cooking incidents, the kids pull it over on them them the handles are turned out. You got kids touching ovens, touching stoves, heaters this time of year and curling irons, those are contact burns," said Firefighter Lee Rayburn.

Rural/Metro, the Knoxville Fire Department and the Karns and Seymour volunteer departments all received donations Thursday.

February is Burn and Scald Awareness Month.

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