In recognition of 2020 National Burn Awareness Week, Feb. 2-8, Jackson County Fire Marshal Michael Forbis reminds residents of the causes of burn injuries and the resources of burn care available.
“We hope to reduce the numbers through fire safety education with press releases and other outreach we do in the community,” Forbis said. “In 2018, Emergency Medical Services responded to eight calls related to burns. In 2019, they responded to five. That’s a reduction of about 37 percent.”
National Burn Awareness Week is an opportunity for fire, health and medical professionals to review some simple safety steps people can take to prevent burn injuries at home, at work and outdoors.
This year’s theme from the American Burn Association is contact burns.
Approximately every 60 seconds, someone in the United States sustains a burn injury serious enough to require treatment, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
The American Burn Association said burn injuries continue to be one of the leading causes of accidental death and injury in the U.S. with approximately 486,000 people receiving treatment for burn injuries annually. Almost one-third of all burn injuries occur in children under the age of 15.
To prevent burns from fires and scalding, State Fire Marshal Mike Causey offers these safety tips:
• Install smoke alarms on every floor and nearly all rooms that family members sleep in and test them once a month.
• Create and practice a family fire escape plan with a central meeting place and make sure everyone knows at least two ways out of a room.
• Use safe cooking practices such as supervising children’s use of the kitchen and never leaving food on the stove unattended.
• Set your water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.