According to the American Burn Association, each year in the United States, more than 500,000 people require medical treatment for burns and roughly half of those are scald injuries, often occurring in the bath or kitchen area of the home.

"Children, the elderly and those with disabilities are at greatest risk for this type of injury and often require hospitalization, suffer complications and experience more difficult recoveries," said Patrice Bogan, Interim Director of the Oneida County Health Department. "these injuries are preventable and as we recognize February 3-9 as 'Scalding Burns Prevention Week' we offer the following tips:"

Cooking related scalding injuries can also be prevented, according to Bogan:

For more information on preventing scalding burns, you can visit the American Burn Association's web site.