National Burn Week is this week!

February 2, 2014

National Burn Week is Feb. 2nd - Feb. 8th

Did you know that cooking fires are the leading cause of house fires, followed closely by heating fires? Or that the leading factor contributing to clothes dryers catching fire failure to clean the dryer?

House fires are more common than you think—and they can occur in countless ways all year round. To help educate the public on fire and burn safety, the American Burn Association (ABA) has declared Feb. 2nd - 8th National Burn Week.

The ABA’s campaign is designed to help parents, educators, and community members learn—and teach others—about burn prevention and safety. They focus on teaching what types of situations present fire risks, how to recognize and prevent different types of burns (scalds, electrical, etc.), and other general fire safety tips.

Understanding fire safety is an important skill to develop, because fires can happen anywhere. If you know what to do, then you can be a solution to the crisis.

We’ll be back throughout the week with tips to expand your fire safety knowledge so you can stay safe and help prevent fires.

We each have a part to play in fire prevention at home and in the great outdoors. What are you doing to live and teach fire safety? Do you know how to recognize and treat different types of burns?

Sources:

http://www.usfa.fema.gov/statistics/reports/electrical_and_appliances.shtm

http://www.usfa.fema.gov/statistics/reports/heating.shtm

http://www.ameriburn.org/preventionBurnAwareness.php

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