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Burn awareness

Be aware about what can burn

Most “fire-related injuries” are burns. In fact, approximately every 60 seconds someone in the U.S. sustains a burn injury serious enough to require treatment.*  Increased awareness of the dangers can prevent injuries. Keep your family safe by learning how to prevent burns. 

National Burn Awareness Week is observed the first full week in February, and it is designed to provide an opportunity for burn, fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in our communities. NFPA provides a number of resources to help keep kids, adults and communities safe and aware of potentially harmful situations.

*Source:American Burn Association. (2016). Burn incident and treatment in the United States: 2016 fact sheet. Chicago: American Burn Association.

Faces of Fire

Faces of Fire is a campaign of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative that features stories of people impacted by fire and demonstrates the need for home fire sprinklers. Hear from burn survivors whose lives have been forever altered, fire service members with career-ending injuries, homeowners that have lost everything--and how sprinklers could have significantly impacted these outcomes.

Dr. James Gallagher and Jamie Heffernan with the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center in New York City describe the painful aftermath their patients endure following home fires. 

Resources for kids 
  • Sort it out (PDF)
    A printable activity where children can sort objects by "Hot" or "Not Hot."
  • Learn Not to Burn® program
    The program reaches children using proven educational strategies that incorporate our philosophy of teaching positive, practical fire safety messaging. For preschool-grade 2.
  • Scald prevention safety tip sheet (PDF)
    Hot liquids from bath water, drinks and even microwaved soup can cause devastating injuries. Scald burns are the second leading cause of all burn injuries.

This interactive 3 ½ minute video for the Learn Not to Burn Preschool Program: Stay Away From Hot Things" lesson is a great way for children to practice identifying items that are hot, sometimes hot, and not hot. Also see a video from the "Tell an Adult if You See Matches or Lighters" lesson.

Community outreach

From NFPA Journal®
  • The article, "The Air in There" by Stephanie Schorow in the January/February 2017 issue looks at hyperbaric chambers. While they have been touted for their healing and restorative powers, a proliferation of the devices has experts concerned about the potential fire hazard.