National Burn Awareness Week
National Burn Awareness Week is recognized during the first full week of February each year. This week is dedicated to raising awareness and educating the public about the prevention and treatment of burn injuries. This year, the theme of Burn Awareness Week is Preventing Flammable Liquid Burn Injuries. Flammable liquids are substances that can easily catch fire, such as gasoline, kerosene, alcohol, paint thinner, and lighter fluid. These liquids can cause severe burns if they come in contact with the skin, clothing, or other materials, or if they ignite due to a spark, flame, or heat source.
Tips to Keep You Safe
Here are some safety tips that can help prevent flammable liquid burns:
- Store flammable liquids in approved containers, away from heat, sparks, and open flames.
- Use flammable liquids only in well-ventilated areas and avoid inhaling their vapors.
- Never pour flammable liquids on a fire or use them to start a fire.
- Keep flammable liquids away from children and pets and teach them about the dangers of these substances.
- Wear protective clothing and gloves when handling flammable liquids and wash your hands and clothes after use.
- If a flammable liquid spills, clean it up immediately, and dispose of the waste properly.
- If a flammable liquid catches fire, do not try to put it out with water, as this can spread the fire. Use a fire extinguisher, or smother the fire with a non-flammable material, such as sand or dirt.
- If you or someone else suffers a flammable liquid burn, call 911 or seek medical attention right away. Do not apply ice, butter, or other home remedies to the burn, as this can worsen the injury. Remove any clothing or jewelry that is not stuck to the burn, and cover the burn with a clean, dry cloth.
Burn Awareness Week is a great opportunity to educate ourselves and others about the causes, prevention, protection, and treatment of burn injuries. USA Fire Protection can help you take steps to reduce the risk of burn injuries through the fire and life safety systems we produce and service. To learn more about our all-inclusive fire protection solutions and our commitment to keeping you protected, click here.
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