Burn Awareness Week
February 7 – 13, 2021
Burn Awareness Week takes place February 7 – 13, 2021! Join Children’s Burn Foundation as we focus on this year’s theme of preventing electric burns. Encourage your family and friends to take one preventive step toward eliminating risk of electric burns to children!
Cover all electric outlets with strong, child-tested outlet covers. Outlets closer to floor level present more risk if not covered. Keep keys, paper clips, and other small metal objects out of baby’s or toddler’s reach at all times. Your child can choke on these items too, so they pose a double risk!
Unplug your phone or battery charger when not in use. If your small child mouths a “hot” end of a plugged-in charger, the resulting electric burn to the inside of the mouth will likely be a third degree burn.
Do not use home fragrance packs that require electricity. Plug-in-type fragrances are intriguing to your child and can cause electric burns or scald your child’s skin with hot oils.
Monitor use of electric appliances like irons, hair appliances, vacuums, or other items that are plugged into an outlet. Heat-producing items create double risk as your child can receive a contact burn from hot surfaces.
Allow water play only when all nearby sources of electricity are protected. Keep all active electric appliances and tools far from bathtubs, swimming or paddle pools, running faucets and garden hoses.
This little boy put a metal wire in his mouth, and the other end in an electric socket, at the same time. The resulting third degree burn to the mouth and tongue required plastic surgery and hospitalization
Ultimately, adults are responsible for preventing child burns by providing constant supervision around burn hazards. Small children do not always follow parents’ or caregivers’ instructions. The adult in charge must anticipate this possibility and actively secure all hot items and liquids when children are near. Also, objects that can get hot, like irons or hair appliances, should be kept out of reach at all times.
To receive your free copy of Children’s Burn Foundation’s Burn Prevention Checklist and a free reusable child bath thermometer, please email us at: email@example.com.