National Burn Awareness Week

NFPA Faces of Fire/Electrical Campaign Advocates for Electrical Safety at Home and in the Workplace, the 2021 Theme of National Burn Awareness Week

Last fall, NFPA launched Faces of Fire/Electrical, an awareness campaign created in collaboration with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, that focuses on electrical hazards both at home and in the workplace.

Since its inception, electricity has made our day-to-day living easier, but with more and more devices utilizing electricity today, there is a growing potential for electrical injuries. According to NFPA research, electrical failures are the second leading cause of home fires in the United States. Fire departments respond to over 400,000 non-fire electrical incidents each year. Equally sobering is that over 700 people die annually from exposure to electricity at work and almost 2,000 workers in the United States are injured in electrical accidents each year.

Faces of Fire/Electrical features personal stories of electrical burn survivors whose lives have been forever altered and how more understanding, training, and a change in work culture could have significantly impacted these outcomes. 

As we honor National Burn Awareness Week from February 7 - 13, its theme, “Electrical Safety from Amps to Zap (A to Z!),” reminds us that campaigns such as Faces of Fire/Electrical are critical in raising awareness about the importance of electrical safety and advocating for action steps that will reduce loss.

Through video interviews, written profiles, and related information, Faces of Fire/Electrical has become a resource for electrical and non-electrical workers, fire safety advocates, and the general public to learn more about the importance of electrical safety. 

During National Burn Awareness Week, take the time to view the videos that feature Dr. Victor Joe, Pam ElliotFire Chief Luis Nevarez from California,  Amy Acton, Chief Executive Officer of the Phoenix Society, and  the first two videos of our series featuring Dave Schury and Sam Matagi, on our dedicated campaign webpage. There you will also find free resources to download and share, including fact sheets, tip sheets, infographics and more, in addition to information about electrical safety at home and at work.

Find additional information about National Burn Awareness Week by visiting the American Burn Association website.

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