Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Observing Burn Awareness Week

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ILLINOIS – The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) is observing Burn Awareness Week in February and encourages Illinois residents to follow prevention guidelines to put an end to costly burn injuries and deaths.

Burn Awareness Week runs from February 1 – 7, with this year’s theme being scald injury prevention. This weeklong campaign provides an opportunity for burn, fire and life safety educators to unite in educating the public about common burn prevention.

IFSA Executive Director Philip Zaleski says over 450,000 burn injuries requiring medical attention happen every year in the United States.

“Children and older adults are at a higher risk for burn injuries due to their cognitive and motor skills, dependence on others and inability to easily escape danger,” Zaleski adds.

The American Burn Association’s (ABA) National Scald Injury Prevent Campaign website promotes the following message in regards to preventing scalding: It can happen in a flash with a splash: Liquid and steam burn like fire.

ABA has also provided a few safety tips to aid in prevention:

  • Set water heater temperatures no higher than 120°F and test temperatures before bathing.
  • Do not leave children unattended in bathtubs or allow them to sit near faucet handles.
  • Create a “no kid zone” in the kitchen around stoves and ovens; place pots and pans on back burners with handles turned away from edges.
  • Stir, test food in microwave before serving; open heated containers away from you, back to front.
  • Use travel mugs with tight-fitting lids for hot drinks; keep hot drinks away from edges of tables and counters.
  • Do not allow appliance cords (slow cookers, deep fryers, coffeemakers) to dangle over counters.

The IFSA also says fire safety, cooking safety and other measures are equally important in preventing burns to infants, children and adults.

Zaleski says the annual cost of burn injuries and deaths in the United States equates to hundreds of millions of dollars. He explains that modern society has the means to prevent these, but that the prevention methods must be first known before they can be followed.

More information about preventing burn injuries and how the IFSA helps burn survivors can be found here.

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