Last week, children at Shriners Hospital in Springfield, Mass. were visited by local fire fighters and Sparky the Fire Dog, in an effort to entertain patients and simultaneously spread fire safety messages.
The visit was meant to highlight Burn Awareness Week, which the state fire marshal organizes each year in conjunction with the Western Massachusetts Safety and Fire Education Association. The campaign’s focus this year is on scald burns, which result from contact with hot liquids or steam and are the top cause of burns in children under the age of five.
- Always supervising children in or near a bathtub
- Placing hot liquids and foods away from the edges of tables and countertops
- Making sure children are at least three feet away from stoves and places where food is prepared
In addition to spreading a message of fire safety, fire fighters from Hatfield, Mass. brought with them $750 they had raised for the hospital and fire fighters from neighboring Hadley, Mass. brought donated toys for the children.