Be Burn Aware!

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.

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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: