Shriners Hospitals for Children Promotes Holiday Safety by Asking Families to Be Burn Aware

As families decorate their homes for the holidays, Shriners Hospitals for Children asks that they be burn aware to ensure a happy, healthy season.

“There is no greater gift than the gift of safety,” says Dr. David Greenhalgh, Chief of Burns at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California. “Adults and children alike enjoy celebrating the season with holiday lights, Christmas trees, decorative candles and the coziness of a fire. It is important for families to recognize that many of our traditions put children at risk of burn injuries. That’s why awareness is vital. “All of us can enjoy the atmosphere of the season if we practice burn safety and prevention,” Dr. Greenhalgh adds.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is driving home the holiday safety message with a public service announcement delivered by actor Joe Minoso of NBC’s hit show Chicago Fire.

To make sure the holiday season gets off to a safe start, Shriners Hospitals for Children asks families to consider the following as they deck their homes for the holidays:

• Water Christmas trees daily. If decorating a real tree, purchase a fresh one with needles intact. Make a fresh cut at the base of the trunk before placing it in a stand with water.

• Locate trees away from fireplaces, candles, heaters and other heat sources.

• Check holiday lights and replace strings that are kinked or frayed.

• Place candles in safe spots — out of the reach of children and away from decorate greens, paper and other flammable objects. Never leave lighted candles unattended.

• Screen the fireplace to prevent sparks from landing on carpet and children from getting too close to the flames. Never burn wrapping paper in the fireplace.

• Practice safety in the kitchen. Whether baking holiday treats or cooking a holiday meal, safety is paramount. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.

Go online here to find more fire safety information for the entire family.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research. Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis. Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call (916) 453-2000 or visit our frequently asked questions page.

Media Contact: Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 | ccurran@shrinenet.org

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