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POSTED: February 2, 2009 3:08 p.m.
SAVANNAH – Feb. 1-7 is Burn Awareness Week, and Shriners across North America are helping Shriner Hospitals for Children kick off of a yearlong campaign focused on preventing gasoline burn injuries. A special Web site has been developed for the campaign, WWW.burnawarenessweek.org.
According to a study published in the November 2007 issue of the Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation, there are an estimated 10,000 pediatric burn injuries annually in the United States. Gasoline burn injuries are among the types of burns seen frequently at the four Shriners hospitals for Children specializing in burns.
Since 2002, Shriners Hospitals for Children has treated more than 800 children for acute burns by ignition of a highly flammable material, such as gasoline. Children 13 and older are in the highest at-risk group for gasoline and other flammable substance burns.
Firefighters, teachers, parents, caregivers and other members of the community can participate in the yearlong campaign by visiting www.burnawarenessweek.org  for gasoline safety and burn prevention messages, tips and information on how to order free materials, including lesson plans for students, facts sheets about gasoline safety, coloring books, crayons, stickers and copies of a DVD developed specifically for teen audiences.
 

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