NFPA offers safety tips in honor of Burn Awareness Week

Blog Post created by laurenbackstrom Employee on Feb 4, 2014

Scald PreventionThis week, February 2-8, is the American Burn Association's Burn Awareness Week. Burn Awareness Week, is designed to provide an opportunity for burn, fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in our communities. Burn Awareness Week, celebrated early in the year, is an excellent opportunity to “kick off” a year full of burn awareness education.

NFPA is proud to participate in this year's Burn Awarness Week by providing safety tips and information related to scald burns. Scald burns can be caused by any hot liquid, fluid, or vapor, including hot tap water, overheated beverages, steam, and hot oil. Interestingly, scald burns accounted for almost one-third (31%) of all non-fire burn injuries reported to hospital emergency rooms in 2012!

Take a look at our scald burn safety tip sheet for information on how to stay safe. 


In this video above (also seen on You Tube), NFPA's Amy LeBeau talks about the importance of testing the temperature of bathwater before putting children into the tub.