As part of National Burn Awareness Week February 7 through 13, Safe Kids Lincoln-Lancaster County reminds parents and caregivers that fire is just one cause of burn injuries for children. Burns also can be caused by foods and drinks, heating appliances, hot pots and pans, electrical currents and chemicals.
We need to be aware that items we use at home every day - space heaters, curling irons and steam irons, for example - can pose a danger to children," said Brian Baker, a local Safe Kids coalition member with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. "We urge all those living in households with children to take steps to minimize the risk of burn injuries.
Among all accidental injuries, fire and burns are the number five cause of death in children ages 14 and under. Each year, about 113,600 children are treated for fire and burn injuries and 518 children die from these injuries. Young children cannot recognize heat-related hazards quickly enough to react appropriately, and children's skin burns at lower temperatures and more deeply than that of older children and adults.
The theme of this year's Burn Awareness Week is preventing gasoline burns. Gas cans should have child resistant caps, and all flammable liquids out of the sight and reach of children. Safe Kids also has the following tips:
Captain Jeff Hatcher, Safe Kids member with Lincoln Fire and Rescue, said Burn Awareness Week also is a good time to make sure you have working smoke alarms on each level of your home and in every sleeping area.
Safe Kids Lincoln-Lancaster County is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injury. For more information, visit the City Web site, lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: safekids) or contact Brian Baker at the Health Department 441-8046.