National Burn Awareness Week 2018 #NBAW2018
Burn Awareness Week, observed the first full week in February, is an acknowledged ‘window of opportunity’ for your company or organization to mobilize safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in our workplaces.
Burn Awareness Week is an excellent opportunity to “kick off” a year full of burn awareness education. The 2018 Burn Awareness Week dates are February 4-10, 2018.
Burn injuries continue to be one of the leading causes of accidental death and injury in the United States. Between 2011 and 2015, approximately 486,000 people were seen in Emergency Rooms for treatment of non-fatal burn injuries. In 2016 alone, there were 3,390 civilian deaths from fire and smoke inhalation which means there is one civilian fire death every 2 hours and 35 minutes.
Most burn injuries occur at home but nearly 10% of all burn injuries do occur in the workplace.
Burns are not just caused by getting too close to a fire or accidentally hitting the inside edge of the oven when you are cooking. Take a look at these statistics on burn injuries that occurred LAST YEAR in the U.S.
- Common household and workplace chemicals like weed killers, cleaning agents, pool cleaners, etc. caused over 16,500 burn injuries.
- Flames and fires caused over 207,000 burn injuries (over 40% of all burn injuries).
- Hot liquids were the cause of over 165,000 burn injuries (over 34% of all burn injuries). Hot liquids could be anything from hot water, soup, coffee, tea, bathwater or steam. These scald burns are the #1 cause of burn injury for children under the age of 5.
- Over 43,000 burn injuries were caused by hot objects or surfaces like irons, pots, pans, ovens, stovetops or curling irons.
- Electricity from frayed electrical wires, power outlets, batteries and power lines caused nearly 17,500 burn injuries. Electricity can cause burns when a plugged-in appliance comes in contact with water, when the power supply is not shut down before making repairs, and when Lockout/Tagout is not used properly.
The American Burn Association has put together a great toolkit you can use in your company or organization to share the message of burn awareness and prevention. Resources materials include a sample press release, fact sheets, a poster, and social media posts. Also included are lists of prevention tips that you can share with employees and their families. You can access these materials on The American Burn Association website at ameriburn.org or by clicking the button below.