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Burn Awareness Week Feb 3-9
Kids poster contest for big cash prizes
Released by BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund/Voice file photo
A Chilliwack firefighter has some fun with kids at Prospera Centre Open House in 2011.
he BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund's 17th Annual Burn Awareness Week (BAW) program runs February 3rd to 9th, 2013.
To encourage student participation, the Burn Fund runs the annual Burn Awareness Week Poster Contest. Every entrant receives a participation prize and fifty students will win money for their elementary school or BC Ministry of Education sanctioned distance education facility.
There are seven regional prizes, including a $1,000 Grand prize and six $500 Regional prizes. Regions are the Lower Mainland (three winners), Vancouver Island, Kootenays, Northern BC and the Okanagan (one winner for each area). Forty-three students win runner-up prizes of $50 each for their school or distance education facility. Complete prize details, rules and regulations are available online.
Public and private elementary schools in British Columbia, parents, students - anyone - can access the program online, which includes burn awareness safety tip information, student activity sheets, quizzes, coloring pages, and animated videos. The program is available in PDF format for easy download and printing.
Educational, fun and interactive, the program includes age-appropriate safety lessons intended for Pre-School (two to four year olds); K/Grade 1; Grade 2/3; Grade 4/5; and Grade 6/7. Some lessons are also available in French, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Punjabi.
The Burn Hazard
A majority of Canadian parents aren't aware of the scald and burn hazards in their homes. A survey by Safe Kids Canada found that 70 per cent of Canadian parents did not know that the most common cause of burn injuries to children is scalds from hot liquids, such as spilled hot drinks and hot tap water, rather than fire.
"Most adults realize that children need to be kept safe from fire or hot objects like the stove, but they do not realize that hot liquids are just as dangerous," says Jason Milne, Burn Fund Director and Chair of the Burn Awareness Week Program. "Hot liquids burn just like fire."
Each year an estimated 9,000 children in Canada visit hospital emergency room for burns, and almost half of these have suffered scalds from hot liquids. Close to 1,000 Canadian children are hospitalized each year for severe scalds and burns. Approximately 50 per cent of these children are hospitalized for scalds alone. (Source: Safe Kids Canada)
In British Columbia, more than 200 children are hospitalized for scald burns and thousands more are treated in emergency departments. Data collected over a five-year period in BC showed 453 children (birth to five years) hospitalized because of burns from hot liquids. During the same time frame, Children's treated 343 young children for scald burns — 87 per cent of these injuries occurred at home, with an average of 40 per cent occurring in the kitchen and 9.3 per cent in the bathroom. (Source: BC Children's Hospital)
Scalds from hot tap water are often the most severe. Children's skin is thinner and more sensitive. A child's skin burns four times more quickly and more deeply than an adult's skin at the same temperature. Most home hot water heaters in Canada are set at 60° Celsius (140° Fahrenheit). At this temperature, a child's skin can burn in just one second.
The Burn Fund urges parents to study this important burn and scald safety information and to spend some time with their children to review the online Burn Awareness Program. [Ed. Note: A list of scald and burn prevention SAFETY TIPS is available upon request.].
The Burn Fund is a registered charity established in 1978 by the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association. It provides life saving, life supporting, and life enriching services to the people in British Columbia. More than 3,800 professional fire fighters from fifty-three communities in British Columbia and Yukon dedicate their time and skills to support burn survivors and increase the public's knowledge about fire and burn safety issues through the work the Burn Fund does with its Burn Awareness, Research and Prevention Programs.
This past March the BC Professional Fire Fighter's Burn Fund, in partnership with BC Children's Hospital, launched an exciting new program called Too Hot for Tots!.
The program was developed by Frances MacDougall, a clinical nurse who worked for many years on the Burn Unit at BC Children's Hospital. After hearing many parents say they were not aware of the burn hazards in the home or how seriously their child could be injured, Frances developed a program for Early Childhood Educators to teach parents and caregivers of young children about burn and scald injuries. The goal is to; ultimately, reduce the number of these preventable injuries in British Columbia.
To order a free Too Hot for Tots! educational tool kit visit: http://www.burnfund.org/our_programs/too_hot_for_tots_info.php
BURN AWARENESS WEEK 2013 SAFETY TIPS
Hot water scalds are the leading cause of burns to young children. The vast majority of these burn injuries are preventable.
Playing with matches and lighters is one of the leading causes of fire deaths to young children. The vast majority of these burn injuries are preventable.
On average, every person in this country will experience at least two kitchen fires during their lifetime.
Cooling the burned area will lessen the severity of the injury if the procedure is performed immediately following the burn incident.
Available for interview:
Jason Milne, BCPFF Burn Fund Director and Chair, Burn Awareness Week Program, and Burn Fund Local Representatives in fifty-three communities throughout British Columbia are available to discuss Burn Awareness tips. Many of the fire departments hold in-school fire and scald safety demonstrations during Burn Awareness Week, please contact your local fire department for more details.
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