Shriners Hospitals for Children has been a leader in burn care, research and education since the 1960s.
Burn prevention is a key endeavor of Shriners Hospitals for Children, which is why the health care system began its Burn Awareness campaigns more than 20 years ago. Burn Awareness Week is a kick-off to a year-long campaign. The 2020 week-long recognition will be February 2–8.
Quick facts about burn injuries
- 85% of all fire-related deaths are due to home fires, which spread rapidly and can leave families as little as two minutes to escape once an alarm sounds.
- In 2013, 126,035 children ages 19 and under were seen in emergency rooms for fire and burn injuries.
- Scald burns, caused by hot liquids or steam, are more common types of burn-related injuries among young children, compared to contact burns, caused by direct contact with fire, which are more common among older children.
- Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries.
- Tap water burns most often occur in the bathroom and tend to be more severe and cover a larger portion of the body than other scald burns.
Check out the Be Burn Aware safety tips:
- Be safe around electricity
- Keep children safe from fire
- Safety begins at home
- Prevent scald injuries
- Learn more here: https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/shc/bawtips