Despite our best efforts, burn injuries are one of the leading causes of accidental death and injury in the United States.
Every day, hundreds of children are taken to emergency rooms with burn injuries. Sadly, one civilian fire death occurs every two hours and 41 minutes, according to the American Burn Association*.
At Scentsy, we take these startling statistics very seriously, and we believe the best way to prevent burn injuries is to raise awareness. That’s why we have partnered with Shriners Hospitals for Children® to support their year-long efforts to teach children and adults to Be Burn Aware.
Through donations from our Fall/Winter 2016 Charitable Cause Warmer, Love Heals, Scentsy has supported the mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children to provide life-changing care to children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and palate, and other specialty health care needs. Since opening its first hospital in 1922, Shriners Hospitals for Children has provided expert care to more than 1.3 million children, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.
Starting March 1, you’ll have another opportunity to support Shriners Hospitals with our newest Scentsy Buddy, Sebastian the Superbuddy. Along with our Love Heals Warmer, Scentsy will donate $8 from the sale of each Spring/Summer 2017 Charitable Cause product to Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Burn Awareness Week, observed annually during the first full week in February, is a great time to check the smoke alarms in your house and conduct a home fire drill. To avoid any type of burn, be sure to teach your children safety tips that will help keep them safe from burns, especially at home.
Above all, play it safe and protect your loved ones with the following tips from the U.S. Fire Administration:
- Use the back burners when you cook, if possible, and/or turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge.
- Keep all appliance cords coiled and away from counter edges.
- Use oven mitts or potholders when moving hot food from ovens, microwave ovens or stovetops. Never use wet oven mitts or potholders as they can cause scald burns.
- Open heated food containers slowly, away from the face to avoid steam burns.
- Foods heat unevenly in microwave ovens. Stir and test before eating.
- Keep young children at least 3 feet away from any place where hot food or drink is being prepared or carried.
- Keep hot foods and liquids away from table and counter edges.
- Never hold a child while cooking, drinking or carrying hot foods or liquids.
- Teach children that hot things burn.
- When children are old enough, teach them to cook safely. Supervise them closely.
You can also download complimentary burn prevention materials from Shriners, such as age-appropriate activity books, posters and fact sheets at beburnaware.org.
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