Burn Awareness Week - February 3 - 9, 2013

Shriners Hospitals for Children Urges Burn Awareness

Feb. 3- 9 is Burn Awareness Week, and during this week, Shriners Hospitals for
Children will kick off its annual burn prevention campaign. This year’s focus
is on teaching children and adults how to “Be Burn Aware,” especially at home,
with a particular emphasis on preventing scald burns. Information and materials
pertaining to the effort can be found on the health care system’s website
dedicated to burn awareness and prevention,
www.burnawareness.org.

Thousands of children experience burn injuries in their homes every year. Many of these incidents could have been easily prevented by observing some basic safety tips.

The campaign uses its two popular child-friendly characters to spread the word:
Boots and Brewster – a caped, cuddly bear and a goggly-eyed teapot. In the
activity books, the pair leads children through the various rooms of a house,
points out dangers, and explains how to easily correct or avoid them. There are
also posters and fact cards with information on preventing scald injuries.

Firefighters, teachers, parents, caregivers and other members of the community are encouraged to participate in the year-long campaign by visiting www.burnawareness.org for burn prevention and safety tips and information on how to order or download free materials, including activity books and posters. Many of the materials are available in both English and Spanish. Beja Shriners and Rescue 1 Fire Safety for Kids, www.firesafetyforkids.org has
partnered in this effort and Rescue 1 has provided material at no cost for Beja
Shriners to use locally at activities sponsored by the Beja Shriners.

Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic
principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. There are 309,000 members
throughout the world. Shriners International founded and continues to operate
Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system with 22 facilities dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care,
innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical
professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal
cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care, regardless of
the families’ ability to pay.

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