Each year, over 486,000 individuals were seen in emergency departments, minor emergency clinics or physician’s offices for the treatment of a burn injury in the United States and Canada. In 2016 alone, there were 3,390 recorded deaths from fire and smoke inhalation injuries. The majority of these injuries were preventable.
That’s why this week, we’re marking National Burn Awareness Week, February 4-10, with the American Burn Association and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)! Last year’s theme was the “mechanisms of burns” or MOB, which is the many different ways that burns can occur. We were introduced to the MOB – Christy “The Flame” Candles, Chris “Hot Stuff” Chemicals, Larry “The Steamer” Liquids, Thomas “The Surface” Irons, and William “The Wire” Electricity – and Police Commissioner Sean O’Safety.
This year, Police Commissioner Sean O’Safety is focusing on Christy “The Flame” Candles: Wanted for 207,036 burn injuries (42.6%) in the U.S. last year. May be disguised as fire and flame, including: camp fires, cooking flames, matches/lighter flames, etc.
It can be easy to forget but common, everyday items such as candles, matches and lighters, and fun family activities such as campfires can cause devastating injuries!
- Stay gasoline safe! Gasoline is an extremely flammable liquid and vapor – the fumes are capable of ignition up to 12 feet from a pooled source.
- Stay home oxygen safe! It takes more than just not smoking in a home where medical oxygen use is required! Keep all flame sources (candles, stoves, lighters, cigarettes, etc.) away from medical oxygen.
- Stay campfire safe! 70% of campfire burns are caused by embers rather than flames.
- Stay fireworks safe! Leave the show to the pros!
Can you and your kids help Police Commissioner Sean O’Safety? How many disguises of Christy “The Flame” Candles can you and your family find in the picture at the top of the page?