Shriners Hospitals Offer Tips on Burn Proofing Your Home During Burn Awareness Week

Jan 30, 2003, 00:00 ET from Shriners Hospitals for Children

    TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- During Burn Awareness Week 2003,
 February 2-8, the Shriners -- members of the fraternal organization that
 operates 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children throughout North America -- want
 people to take the necessary steps to prevent burns in the home.
     "Most burn injuries are preventable," said Charles A. Claypool, president
 and CEO of the Shrine of North America.  "Our goal with this burn awareness
 campaign is to help parents keep their children safe and avoid burn injuries
 at home."
     Shriners Hospitals offer the following tips:
     * Provide continuous and appropriate supervision of young children.
     * Check smoke detector batteries regularly and replace them when needed,
       or at least annually.
     * Teach children fire safety -- Stop, drop and roll; have an escape plan;
       keep low in a fire.
     * Keep electrical cords out of the reach of children.
     * At night, children should wear clothing that is specifically designed as
       sleepwear and labeled "flame resistant" to prevent burn injury or death
       as a result of fire.
     * Establish a "safety zone" in front of stoves/ranges where children are
       NOT permitted.
     * Store chemicals in secure or elevated areas out of the reach and sight
       of children.
     * Supervise young children around any source of hot water -- scald burns
       can occur when children turn on the hot water in the bathtub or at the
       kitchen sink.  Use caution when microwaving liquids.
     * Cook on the rear of the stove to prevent spills, especially when young
       children are in the home.
     * Exercise caution when using candles or smoking in the home.  Keep
       candles out of the reach of children or do not use them when young
       children are present.
     * Keep matches and lighters out of sight and out of reach of children.
     * Water heater thermostats should be set at a maximum of 120 degrees
     Known as the experts in pediatric burn care, Shriners Hospitals operate
 four burn hospitals in Galveston, Cincinnati, Boston and Sacramento.  Through
 intensive research and state-of-the-art clinical care, a burned child's chance
 of survival has more than doubled since the Shriners first opened the burn
 hospitals in the mid-1960s.  Much of today's research now focuses on improving
 the quality of life for burn survivors.
     The 22 Shriners Hospitals provide care totally without charge to children
 up to their 18th birthday.  The Shrine of North America, an international
 fraternity with approximately 500,000 members in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and
 the Republic of Panama, founded the hospital system.
     If you know a child Shriners Hospitals might be able to help, call
 1-800-237-5055 in the U.S.; 1-800-361-7256 in Canada; or visit

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