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Shriners Hospital promotes holiday safety and asks families to #BeBurnAware

Shriners Hospitals for Children survey reveals many Americans do not follow key safety tips

Shriners Hospital promotes holiday safety and asks families to #BeBurnAware

The holiday months can carry an increased risk of house fires and burns, due to more time indoors, more cooking, open flames and decorations. An independent survey commissioned by Shriners Hospitals for Children polled U.S. adults on their fire safety practices and found habits that could lead to serious injuries or even death.

Conducted as part of the Shriners Hospitals annual Be Burn Aware campaign, survey results show*:

  • 25 percent of people surveyed leave lit candles unattended in their homes
  • 27 percent leave lit candles within the reach of children
  • 47 percent do not keep something nearby to extinguish a fire when cooking, such as a lid or cookie sheet
  • 25 percent do not turn pot handles to the back of the stove and out of a child's reach

Each year, doctors at the Northern California Shriners Hospital treat children injured in cooking related accidents and accidental fires. Burn injuries can mean years of ongoing treatments and extensive rehabilitation for a child. That's why the Northern California Shriners Hospital encourages families to learn about fire safety and prevention.

“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. When it comes to burn injuries, prevention is the best medicine,” said David Greenhalgh, M.D., chief of burns at the Northern California Shriners Hospital.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is distributing important education and awareness messages to help reduce fires and burns through the Be Burn Aware campaign. Public service announcements featuring actor Joe Minoso from the NBC show Chicago Fire urge families to take precautions like watering fresh cut Christmas trees daily. There are also activity books, tip cards and a five-minute online quiz at to help families rethink home safety practices during the holidays and avoid injuries.