Shriners Hospitals for Children Reminds Families to be Burn Aware


Woman giving a presentation on burn prevention

February 4 – 10 is Burn Awareness Week, and Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is honoring the national observance by reminding children and families that prevention is the best medicine.

The burn team at the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento engaged kindergarten students from a local elementary school in an interactive prevention program on Thursday, Feb. 8. Safety Begins at Home is the title of the program coordinated in partnership with local firefighters. Prevention mascots Ben and Ali joined staff in showing kids how to prevent burn injuries from happening in the kitchen, living room and areas throughout the home. Local firefighters brought a fire truck for kids to see and showed them how to exit a house in case of fire.’

“Our burn team is devoted to helping children with devastating burn injuries survive and thrive, and we are equally devoted to teaching parents, children and the community how to prevent burn injuries,” says David Greenhalgh, M.D., chief of burns at the Northern California Shriners Hospital. “We are constantly examining new ways to educate the community about fire danger and provide information on how to prevent injuries. When it comes to burn injuries, prevention is the best medicine.”

According to the American Burn Association (ABA), burns continue to be one of the leading causes of unintentional injury and death in the United States. Statistics compiled by the ABA show that:

  • One civilian fire injury occurs every minute;
  • 73 percent of the burn injuries treated in burn centers occur in the home;
  • almost one-quarter (24%) of all burn injuries occur in children under the age of 15;
  • The survival rate of those treated in burn centers is 96.7%.

Shriners Hospitals for Children shares many prevention tips for families to practice at home, including the following:

  • Use electrical outlet covers;
  • Store all chemicals and cleaners out of reach of children;
  • Replace damaged electrical cords;
  • Keep pot handles turned inward;
  • Do not handle hot items while holding young children;
  • Always test the temperature of the water before placing a child in the tub;

Teachers, schools, scouts and others may order coloring books and other prevention information online here. Those interested in learning more about prevention programs offered by Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California may call 916-453-2018.

The Shriners Hospital burn team treats burns of all sizes — from massive, life-threatening burns to the smallest fingertip burn. Expert care extends to children with serious skin conditions, dog bites, skin tears and wounds.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is the region’s only dedicated pediatric burn program verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons. Children throughout California, the Western United States and the Northwestern region of Mexico are treated at the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research. Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis.   Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call (916) 453-2000.

Media Contact: Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 |