Kerbela Shriners, fire officials raise burn safety awareness

Kerbela Shriners, local fire officials raise awareness for Burn Prevention Week

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Brian Johnson, from the Kerbela Shriners of Knoxville, and Rick Herrell, assistant fire chief for Rural/Metro, spoke about burn safety Thursday morning on Good Morning Tennessee. Brian Johnson, from the Kerbela Shriners of Knoxville, and Rick Herrell, assistant fire chief for Rural/Metro, spoke about burn safety Thursday morning on Good Morning Tennessee.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - February 2nd to 9th is national Burn Prevention Week, and the Kerbela Shriners are holding a class Thursday night to teach about burn safety.

Brian Johnson, from the Kerbela Shriners of Knoxville, and Rick Herrell, assistant fire chief for Rural/Metro, spoke about burn safety Thursday morning on Good Morning Tennessee.

Scald burns by liquids, steam or food are the most common burn injuries among children 4-years-old and younger. Herrell says preventing these types of burns is fairly simple.

"If the tap water in the bath is too hot for an adult, it's certainly too hot for a child.  Make sure you turn the handles on those pots when you're cooking, so the child doesn't come by and see what mom's cooking for dinner," said Herrell.

He also says turning the temperature on your water heater down to 120 degrees will help prevent scald burns.

Johnson says a nurse educator from the Shriners Hospital for Children Cincinnati Burn Unit will be teaching classes on burn safety.

The Kerbela Shriners of Knoxville will have one class Thursday night at 6 p.m. They are located on Mimosa Avenue.

More events can be found on their web page.

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