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Surgeons warning of burn danger during heat wave

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Surgeons at a major burn center in Arizona are urging people to be aware of the danger of severe burns caused by excessive heat.

 Dr. Kevin Foster of the Arizona Burn Center in Phoenix issued the warning Monday.

He says second- and third-degree burns from hot asphalt and concrete, playground equipment, car and truck interiors and scalding water from outdoor hoses are common when temperatures exceed 100 degrees.

Temperatures in parts of Arizona, Nevada, and California are expected to top 115 degrees this week.

Foster says young children are particularly vulnerable because their skin is more sensitive.

The warning also applies to pets.

First aid for burns involves pouring cool water over the area for several minutes and seeking medical attention.

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