Scalds, not fire, are the most common cause of burns to children
Majority of parents don't know about this burn hazard
Over $6,000 in prize money to elementary schools participating in Burn Awareness Week Poster Contest
VANCOUVER, Jan. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - The BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn
Fund's 16th Annual Burn Awareness Week (BAW) program runs February 5th to 11th, 2012.
Available online at www.burnfund.org, BAW teaches kids to be responsible for their own safety, and helps
make their families aware of potentially harmful situations.
To encourage student participation, the Burn Fund runs the annual Burn
Awareness Week Poster Contest. Every entrant receives a participation
prize and fifty students will win money for their elementary school or
BC Ministry of Education sanctioned distance education facility. There
are seven regional prizes, including a $1,000 Grand prize and six $500
Regional prizes. Regions are the Lower Mainland (three winners),
Vancouver Island, Kootenays, Northern BC and the Okanagan (one winner
for each area). Forty-three students win runner-up prizes of $50 each
for their school or distance education facility. Complete prize
details, rules and regulations are available online.
Burn Awareness Week Program
Public and private elementary schools in British Columbia, parents,
students - anyone - can access the program online, which includes burn
awareness safety tip information, student activity sheets, quizzes,
coloring pages, and animated videos. The program is available in PDF
format for easy download and printing.
Educational, fun and interactive, the program includes age-appropriate
safety lessons intended for Pre-School (two to four year olds); K/Grade
1; Grade 2/3; Grade 4/5; and Grade 6/7. Some lessons are also available
in French, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Punjabi.
The Burn Hazard
A majority of Canadian parents aren't aware of the scald and burn
hazards in their homes. A survey by Safe Kids Canada found that 70 per
cent of Canadian parents did not know that the most common cause of
burn injuries to children is scalds from hot liquids, such as spilled
hot drinks and hot tap water, rather than fire.
"Most adults realize that children need to be kept safe from fire or hot
objects like the stove, but they do not realize that hot liquids are
just as dangerous," says Tim Baillie, Burn Fund Director and Chair of
the Burn Awareness Week Program. "Hot liquids burn just like fire."
Each year an estimated 9,000 children in Canada visit hospital emergency
room for burns, and almost half of these have suffered scalds from hot
liquids. Close to 1,000 Canadian children are hospitalized each year
for severe scalds and burns. Approximately 50 per cent of these
children are hospitalized for scalds alone. (Source: Safe Kids Canada)
In British Columbia, more than 200 children are hospitalized for scald
burns and thousands more are treated in emergency departments. Data
collected over a five-year period in BC showed 453 children (birth to
five years) hospitalized because of burns from hot liquids. During the
same time frame, Children's treated 343 young children for scald burns
— 87 per cent of these injuries occurred at home, with an average of 40
per cent occurring in the kitchen and 9.3 per cent in the bathroom. (Source: BC Children's Hospital)
Scalds from hot tap water are often the most severe. Children's skin is
thinner and more sensitive. A child's skin burns four times more
quickly and more deeply than an adult's skin at the same
temperature. Most home hot water heaters in Canada are set at 60°
Celsius (140° Fahrenheit). At this temperature, a child's skin can
burn in just one second.
The Burn Fund urges parents to study this important burn and scald safety information
and to spend some time with their children to review the online Burn Awareness Program. [Ed. Note: A list of scald and burn prevention SAFETY TIPS is available upon request.].
The Burn Fund is a registered charity established in 1978 by the BC Professional Fire
Fighters Association. It provides life saving, life supporting, and
life enriching services to the people in British Columbia. More than
3,800 professional fire fighters from fifty-three communities in
British Columbia and Yukon dedicate their time and skills to support
burn survivors and increase the public's knowledge about fire and burn
safety issues through the work the Burn Fund does with its Burn
Awareness, Research and Prevention Programs.
The 16th Annual Burn Awareness Program is sponsored by RBC Foundation, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Global TV BC, Postmedia Community Publishing, The Old Spaghetti Factory - Gastown, and Panago Pizza.
Available for interview: Tim Baillie, BCPFF Burn Fund Director & Chair, Burn Awareness Week
Program, and Burn Fund Local Representatives in fifty-three communities
throughout British Columbia are available to discuss Burn Awareness
tips. Many of the fire departments hold in-school fire and scald
safety demonstrations during Burn Awareness Week.
Photo/Interview Opportunity in Metro Vancouver: The Burn Fund will hold Burn Awareness training sessions at Vancouver
and Chilliwack elementary schools. The students will learn to Stop, Drop and Roll, along with other safety
lessons. PLEASE RSVP before Thursday, February 1st TO Nola Laubach at 604-436-5617 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance and obtain school location information.
SOURCE British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund
For further information:
Media Contact: Nola Laubach (604-436-5617) / E-Mail: email@example.com