Kick off a year of burn safety starting with this week’s observance of Burn Awareness Week

Blog Post created by lisabraxton Employee on Feb 5, 2018

Cartoon Image of Hot Spots for Fire from American Burn Association

Burn Awareness Week 2018 is being observed February 4-10, the first full week of February. An initiative of the American Burn Association (ABA), it is an opportunity for organizations to mobilize burn, fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message throughout communities. It is also an excellent way to kick off Adult gesturing to a child not to touch matches followed by safety tipsa year full of burn awareness education. According to the ABA, annually in the U.S. approximately 486,000 people receive medical care for the treatment of burns. In 2016 alone, there were 3,280 deaths from fire and smoke inhalation and another 40,000 people were treated in hospitals for burn related injuries. NFPA provides a number of resources on the burn awareness page of the website to help keep kids, adults, and communities safe and aware of potentially harmful situations. The safety tip sheet on children and fires provides a list of steps to keep the family safe. The page also includes videos, resources for kids, a tip sheet, as well as community outreach ideas for the fire service and public educators.