Prevention & Education
The American Burn Association reported that 66% of burns occur in the home.
Sadly, most of these burns could have been prevented. Through the effective education of caregivers and children on life-saving fire safety and burn prevention skills, the Children’s Burn Foundation is dedicated to reducing these needless tragedies.
With that goal in mind, we have developed targeted programs that bring critical fire and burn prevention messages and resources to children and their families. Program services include:
- Careful, That’s Hot!
- L.A. Troupe Safety Smart
Two-thirds of children hospitalized for severe burns are under five-years-old. Research shows that more than 80% of burns to children are preventable. The majority of pediatric burns occur primarily at home, in the kitchen and bathroom.
Mindful of these facts, staff at the Children’s Burn Foundation helped develop Careful, That’s Hot!, a scald prevention program that teaches parents and caregivers of young children how to prevent burns. It is presented at child-care facilities, Head Start programs and parenting classes in the Los Angeles area.
The success of Careful, That’s Hot! is evident by the changes caregivers make after attending a presentation. The most recent independent evaluation reported that 86% of participants made at least one change in their home to prevent burns. And 100% of respondents reported sharing information that they learned from the program with family and friends.
The program is presented in both English and Spanish. If you are interested in arranging for a presentation of Careful, That’s Hot! at your Los Angeles area location, contact us.
L.A. Troupe Safety Smart
“I do not exaggerate when I say that the educational program that you offer may help save the lives of our students.”
– Laurie, Elementary School Teacher
L.A. Troupe Safety Smart is a lively, engaging program that teaches young children life-saving fire safety and burn prevention skills. Children learn to crawl low under smoke, check doors for heat, locate safety spots, test smoke detectors monthly, and to never play with matches.
This highly inventive theatrical group provides innovative, interactive fire safety and prevention performances for elementary school children, kindergarten through 3rd grade, in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Children are entranced by the story of Scatterbrained Wanda, who hopes to make her house “fire safe” for inspection by the fire marshal, Inspector Danger. Using frequent repetition, call outs to the audience, and extensive audience participation, students help Wanda make her home fire-safe while experiencing how to make their own home and families fire-safe.
To schedule L.A. Troupe Safety Smart at your school or to learn more, please contact us.