Did you know the first week in February is National Burn Awareness Week? It is an annual opportunity for burn care organizations, burn survivor support groups, and public safety professionals to increase awareness about burns, as well as the frequency and causes of burn injuries in America.
While fire safety during National Burn Awareness Week extends to sunburns, chemical burns, and contact burns from stoves, machinery, and other extremely hot items, the vast majority of burn injuries occur from fires. Did you know that studies now tell us that children, people with disabilities, and seniors are the most vulnerable?
In fact, more than 1,200 seniors aged 65 and older die each year as a result of fires, according to the American Burn Association. That is more than 25 percent of all fire deaths. Additionally, seniors between ages 65 and 75 have twice the fire death rate of the national average, and those between 75 and 85 years have three times the national average. People with disabilities, and then children, are a close second and third.
In honor of this week, let us share some important tips on fire safety during National Burn Awareness Week right here on our blog.
We know this blog may raise more questions than it answers. We encourage you to prepare now and make sure that fire safety and precautions are a part of your daily, household routine. Further, if you or someone you know has suffered a burn injury or would like more information about fire-related injuries and damage, do not wait to contact an experienced member of our local legal team to schedule a free case evaluation today.