Every day, over 300 kids are treated in emergency rooms for burn-related injuries and two children die each day because of a burn injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To prevent their child from becoming a statistic, parents should be informed and take extra precautions to reduce their child’s risk.
Free Online Resources for Parents
To help prevent a childhood burn injury, you can make use of some of the free resources that are available from reputable online agencies and companies. Below are a few to get you started.
- FireSafety.gov: Firesafety.gov for Kids has many free resources for parents including downloadable fire safety publications and graphics. The site also has a kids’ education section, crossword puzzles, coloring pages, and other online games to drive home the concepts of fire safety.
- Safe Kids Worldwide: Safe Kids Worldwide has several burn safety resources for parents and kids, including tips, videos, worksheets, and a Fire Sequence Game.
- National Fire Protection Association: The NFPA has both an excellent section for parents as well as for children. Kids will enjoy learning about Sparky the Fire Dog® and using the interactive functions on the NFPA’s fire safety site.
- Burn Foundation: The Burn Foundation offers three free downloadable burn prevention resources, including two brochures and a worksheet about scald burn prevention.
- Home Fire Drill: HomeFireDrill.org is a good resource for parents. It provides information about home fire drill planning, practicing fire emergency escape plans, and using fire alarms.
- CDC Podcast: Parents might also enjoy listening to the CDC’s short podcast, Protect the Ones You Love From Burns, freely available for streaming or download.
- Play Safe! Be Safe!: BIC (of BIC office supplies) offers online games and activities for children aged three to five on its Play Safe! Be Safe! website.
For more articles of interest, check out the blog of Atlanta child injury attorney Jason Schultz.