The Mob is Coming!

National Burn Awareness Week will be observed from February 5 -11, 2017. This observance, begun by the American Burn Association and now embraced by organizations such as SafeKids Worldwide, the Shriners and the International Association of Firefighters is designed to provide an opportunity for burn, fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in our communities.

In 2017 the focus of National Burn Awareness Week will be Mechanisms of Burn or “The MOB!” MOB characters include:

 chemicals

Chris “Hot Stuff” Chemicals

Wanted for 6,301 burn injuries (3.4% of all burn injuries) in the U.S. between 2005-2015. May be disguised as common household items such as household cleaners, weed killers, pool cleaners, etc…

candles

Christy “The Flame” Candles

Wanted for 79,303 burn injuries (42.6% of all burn injuries) in the U.S. between 2005-2015. May be disguised as fire and flame, including: camp fires, cooking flames, matches/lighter flames, etc.

steamer

Larry “The Steamer” Liquids

Wanted for 63,247 burn injuries (34% of all burn injuries) in the U.S. between 2005-2015. May be disguised as hot liquids, such as coffee, tea, steam, bathwater, soup, etc.

surface

Thomas “The Surface” Irons

Wanted for 16,588 burn injuries (8.9% of all burn injuries) in the U.S. between 2005-2015. May be disguised as hot objects and surfaces such as curling irons, clothing irons, pots, pans, etc.

wire

William “The Wire” Electricity

Wanted for 6,689 burn injuries (3.6% of all burn injuries) in the U.S. between 2005-2015. May be disguised as frayed electrical wires, power outlets, batteries and power lines.

Look for more information about The MOB beginning November 1, 2016 on the American Burn association website, www.ameriburn.org, or on the Burn Prevention Network website, www.burnprevention.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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