As Burn Awareness Week, sponsored by American Burn Association (ABA) and heavily promoted by the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, winds down it is a great opportunity to talk about home fire sprinklers and their role in reducing burns.
According to a recent NFPA report, in 2017 there were 10,600 civilian burn injuries; the major cause of which is cooking. In 2015, almost half of all burn injuries were caused by the cooking equipment.
Activities and information available during Burn Awareness Week are designed to increase awareness, provide safety education, and encourage injury prevention practices to help reduce the number of injuries.
Phoenix Society Executive Director and NFPA Board Member Amy Acton discuss the importance of Burn Awareness Week on WABC 13. Click here to view video.
NFPA is proud to support Burn Awareness Week by providing statistics, various safety tips and information about burn and fire prevention.
One of the important aspects of life safety protection is the presence of home fire sprinklers. Properly installed and maintained fire sprinklers can decrease the number of burn injuries. Key facts to support the benefits of sprinklers include:
- the civilian death rate is 81 percent lower in homes with fire sprinklers than in homes without them
- the average firefighter injury rate is nearly 80 percent lower when fire sprinklers were present during fires
- when sprinklers were present, fires were kept to the room of origin 97 percent of the time
- the home fire death rate is 90 percent lower when fire sprinklers and hardwired smoke alarms are present.
More information to promote sprinklers can be found at the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition and NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative