Shriners Hospitals For Children Encourages Families To “Be Burn Aware”
(NAPSA)-Homes are the sites of thousands of burn injuries to children every year, including scalds and fire-related injuries. Many of these incidents could have been easily prevented by following and implementing some basic safety tips. Shriners Hospitals for Children(r) is addressing this issue by focusing its annual yearlong burn awareness campaign on teaching children to “Be Burn Aware,” especially at home. “At Shriners Hospitals for Children, preventing burn injuries and providing burn awareness education is an ongoing, yearlong effort,” said Peter Armstrong, M.D., chief medical officer, Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Our campaign, ‘Be Burn Aware,’ focuses on teaching children ways to avoid burn injuries at home.” The campaign introduces two new child-friendly characters-Boots and Brewster-a caped, cuddly bear and a googly-eyed teapot. The engaging duo is featured in activity books designed for children ages 3 to 12, and also a poster. In the materials, the pair leads children through the various rooms of a house, pointing out dangers and how to easily correct or avoid them. The new materials are available at no charge in both English and Spanish at www.burnawareness.org. each stairway and one near the planned escape route. cleaners out of reach of children or lock the cabinet. 104¡ F. Set your water heater no higher than 120¡ F. of reach of children and away from edges of tables and counters. or pot holders. Keep clothing from coming into contact with flames or heating elements.
items in a microwave oven. children. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children. Four of the hospitals are focused specifically on pediatric burn care. Anyone concerned with keeping children safe can visit www.burnawareness.org for important burn prevention tips and information on how to order the free materials, in English or Spanish. For more information on Shriners Hospitals for Children’s pediatric specialty care, visit www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org. Shriners Hospitals for Children depends on donations to fund research and other programs. To learn how you can help, visit www.donate2SHC.org.