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Graphic Products Recognizes National Burn Awareness Week

By Sally Murdoch

National Burn Awareness Week February 4-10, 2018

In 2015, a 16-year-old in Australia working in a fast food restaurant sustained third-degree burns to 45% of his body after being splashed with hot oil. In August 2016, two workers were airlifted in critical condition to a burn unit in Seattle after suffering third-degree burns from trying to repair a pipe filled with super heated water. In December 2016, one person died and two more were treated at Augusta Burn Center in South Carolina from being burned with hot wax used to shape water bottles.

Burn accidents are all around us, and they’re not relegated to high-risk jobs around fire or oil. Burns change the lives of victims and their families forever, and of the almost 500,000 burn incidents happening in the U.S. annually, OSHA reports that 5,000 burn accidents happen at work and involve hospitalization. Burns can be among the most serious of all workplace injuries, and 200 burn injuries are fatal. The American Burn Association (ABA) says that a civilian fire death occurs, on average, once every 2 hours and 41 minutes.

Burn Awareness Week

To spur on awareness, the ABA has proclaimed the first full week of February to be Burn Awareness Week, which in 2018 is February 4 - 10.

Burn awareness helps prevention

The purpose of Burn Awareness Week, according to the ABA "is 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.”

How Visual Communication Keeps Employees Safe from Fire, Burns

Employers can help prevent 5,000 workplace fire injuries annually through visual communication. To prepare workers for a workplace emergency:

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