Burn Awareness Week Kicks Off Annual Burn Prevention Campaign

Shriners Hospitals continues to work to decrease the number of preventable pediatric burn injuries by promoting burn awareness and prevention year-round.

Boots and Brewster

One program in this effort is the annual Burn Awareness campaign. Every year, during the first full week of February, our marketing and communications efforts emphasize Burn Awareness Week, the kickoff of a yearlong educational campaign targeting burn awareness and prevention, including offering free educational materials via our website. The items, including activity books and fact sheets, are designed to be a resource for firefighters, teachers, parents and others concerned with the safety and well-being of children.

We Want Children and Families to Be Burn Aware

The 2022 Burn Awareness Week will take place Feb. 6-12. We are once again using the theme Be Burn Aware, and focusing on preventing burn injuries in the home, because the vast majority of preventable burn injuries continue to occur in residences. Homes are the sites of thousands of burn injuries to children every year, including scalds, fire-related injuries and electrical burns. Many of these incidents might have been easily prevented by following and implementing some basic safety tips.

These educational efforts do have an impact; in the U.S., the occurrence of major pediatric burn injuries has decreased.

Educational Materials Emphasize Burn Awareness and Prevention

The campaign features two child-friendly characters, Boots and Brewster – a caped, cuddly bear and a googly-eyed teapot – who are featured in activity books for children ages 3-7 and 8-12, available in English, Spanish and French. The entertaining duo leads children through the various rooms of a house, pointing out dangers, and sharing ways to easily correct or avoid them.

The coloring pages, word searches, cartoons and other activities are designed to grab children’s attention and present the information in a memorable, age-appropriate manner. The campaign also includes various tip sheets and fact cards that emphasize the prevention of scalds, fire-related and electrical burns.

Shriners Hospitals for Children has also created an animated video, Boots and Brewster: The Burn Awareness Pair, which kids are sure to enjoy. In the video, Boots and Brewster take viewers on a fun and educational adventure to help them become more burn aware.

All materials are available for viewing and ordering at beburnaware.org.

We depend on our Shriners to promote the campaign in their local communities in a variety of creative ways, and we are grateful for their support.

Boots N' Brewster: The Burn Awareness Pair

Boots N' Brewster, The Burn Aware Pair, share some important safety tips to promote year-round burn awareness and prevention.
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Audience:

Ooh! Aah! Ooh!

Boots:

Brewster! Phew! That was close. You shouldn't run or play in the... Whoa! You shouldn't run or play in the kitchen especially when someone's cooking, you can get burned by the stove or the oven. It's important to keep pots, pans, and electrical cords away from the edge of the counter. You may knock one over and get shocked! In fact, all appliances should be kept at a safe distance.

Boots:

Brewster. The microwave is only used for food, which we should place in a microwave safe container. Well I guess that's food, Brewster. If only we had some toast. Brewster! Shouldn't you check the water temperature before you get in? Remember Brewster, water above 120 degrees can cause serious burns. When filling the tub, turn on cold water first and then add hot until it's just right. Be sure to sit on the opposite side of the tap away from the faucets. And you should never use electronics near water. Isn't that right? Brewster!

Boots:

Electrical appliances near water can be just as dangerous as fire. Even the hairdryer, Brewster. You're going to have to wait until you get out of the tab. Brewster! What are you doing? This red can contains gasoline. Don't ever play with it, especially around open flames or matches. It is only supposed to be used to fuel real engines, it should never be used for any other purpose. In fact, it should never be stored inside the home. If you ever smell gasoline vapors, leave the area and tell an adult. Remember, gasoline is flammable.

Boots:

And if an emergency does occur, make sure you know your family's fire escape plan. Fire escape plan. Fire escape plan. You should have two exits from each room and a designated meeting place at a safe distance. Also, ask your parents if your home has smoke detectors. And remember to always call 911 emergency! What is that beeping sound? Oh. I guess he was listening to the fire escape plan after all.