Friday, January 30, 2009

The 2009 Burn Awareness Campaign

Reckless use and improper storage of gasoline leads to thousands of young children being burned every year. These dangerous behaviors are being addressed in Shriners Hospitals 2009 Burn Awareness Week campaign, the first full week of February.

Shriners Hospitals specializing in burns have treated more than 800 children since 2002 for acute burns due to ignition of a highly flammable material such as gasoline. To help parents, caregivers, educators and firefighters teach children about the dangers of gasoline, the 2009 campaign provides printable lesson plans and fact sheets, as well as printable coloring pages featuring Anthony the Ant, who takes kids along on his mission to prevent gasoline injuries.

Some facts:

*Each year in the United States, 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention. *Approximately 4,500 people die. And up to 10,000 people die every year in the U.S. from burn-related infections.
*The Shriners Hospitals for Children specializing in treating burn injuries have admitted more than 10,000 acute pediatric burn patients since 1994, including those treated for gasoline burn injuries.
*Shriners Hospitals specializing in burns have treated more than 800 children since 2002 for acute burns due to ignition of a highly flammable material such as gasoline.
*Kids ages 13 and older are in the highest at-risk group for gasoline and other flammable substance burns.
*Fires caused by gasoline are a major factor in burn injuries. In one year there were 4,700 gasoline fires in U.S. homes.
*According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, in one year approximately 1,270 children under age 5 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries resulting from the misuse of gasoline and unsecured gasoline cans.
*Children ages 10-14 are almost four times more likely to get in trouble with gasoline.

For more information on the Burn Awareness Campaign, go to:

http://www.shrinershq.org/Hospitals/Burn_Awareness/About/

Mike