Burn Awareness Week

Learn more about flammable liquid burns during National Burn Awareness Week, taking place February 4 – 10, 2024.

2024 Theme

Flammable Liquid Burns

The theme for Burn Awareness Week 2024 is flammable liquid burns. The Burn Fund aims to shed light on the heightened risks associated with the use of flammable liquids and accelerants such as gasoline, acetone, paint thinners, and alcohol. Incidents involving these substances can escalate rapidly and unexpectedly, leading to severe injuries and traumatic experiences for burn survivors.

Learn more about preventing burns 

Each year at BC Children’s Hospital there are more than 1,000 burn-related visits for both treatment and follow-up appointments. Children with burn injuries require specialized care and a highly trained team of experts to not only treat the physical injuries but also to care for the emotional well-being of both the patient and the family. 

Burns happen in seconds and they can be quite severe. Scalds are the most common burn injury in children and adults and often happen in the home environment with hot liquids such as coffee or tea. The majority of scalds are preventable. 

The Burn Fund has created a free Too Hot for Tots e-learning course that is available to anyone who would like to learn more about scald prevention. Especially relevant to those with toddlers in their lives, this course offers an informative and interactive learning experience in just 30 minutes. Learn from BC Children’s Hospital Burn Director, Dr. Sally Hynes and hear personal stories from burn survivors and their families. The course can be accessed by clicking the play button above.

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