Mobilize for Burn Awareness Week

Blog Post created by lisabraxton Employee on Feb 3, 2020

Flames Graphic and textBurn Awareness Week is being observed this first full week of February. It’s designed to provide an opportunity for burn, fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing burn prevention information in their communities. NFPA has joined forces with the American Burn Association to increase awareness among the general population of the frequency and causes of burn injury and advances in and sources of burn care available these days.

The theme for the 2020 National Burn Awareness Week is Contact Burns – Hot Surfaces Damage Skin! The American Burn Association and NFPA provide tips for avoiding contact burns.

  • Always use oven mitts to remove hot items from the stove or microwave
  • Have a kid-free zone of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
  • Never hold a child while you cook, drink a hot liquid or carry foods or liquids.
  • Keep pets off cooking surfaces and nearby countertops
  • Supervise children when using a wood or oil stove or other space heater.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.
  • Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen on a fireplace and keep it in place.
  • Never leave a lit fire pot, personal fireplace, or torch unattended.

Cooking toolkit coverSkin making contact with hair appliance tools, such as curling irons, and hot pavement or sand can also lead to contact burns. 

The NFPA community toolkit on cooking safety has a number of resources safety educators can use to reach the public, including a PowerPoint presentation on how to prevent cooking fires, scalds, and burns; an easy-to-read handout on how to be fire safe in the kitchen; talking points; fact sheets; videos; and community outreach ideas.