On February 7, 2024, Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Dave Joyce (R-OH) introduced H. Res. 1004, officially recognizing February 4–10th, 2024 as National Burn Awareness Week. The American Burn Association (ABA) established the week to provide the opportunity for organizations to mobilize burn, fire, and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in our communities. We thank Representatives Thompson and Joyce for introducing this resolution in support of the ABA’s goals of burn awareness and prevention. The theme for this year’s week is preventable flammable liquid burns, and the ABA has published several burn prevention fact sheets and graphics highlighting specific information about this topic.
In introducing the resolution, Rep. Thompson said, “Every year, more than 400,000 people receive treatment for burn injuries. I am proud to introduce a bipartisan resolution recognizing National Burn Awareness Week with my Republican colleague Rep. Dave Joyce to raise awareness about the dangers of burn injuries and work to support the victims, survivors, and those who care for them. This week, we are spreading awareness about ways to prevent burn injuries and sending our gratitude to the first responders and health care professionals who respond to and care for those who suffer from burns.”
Rep. Joyce stated, “Burn injuries continue to be one of the leading causes of accidental death and injury in the United States. What’s worse is that nearly a third of all burn injuries afflict children under the age of 15. I’m proud to once again introduce this bipartisan resolution alongside Congressman Thompson to help promote burn injury awareness, prevent these terrible accidents that threaten thousands of lives every year, and recognize the first-responders who are dedicated to saving and caring for the victims of burn injuries.”
The ABA and its members dedicate their efforts and resources to promoting and supporting burn-related research, education, care, rehabilitation, and prevention. The ABA’s worldwide membership includes hospitals with burn centers as well thousands of physicians, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, researchers, social workers, and firefighters. The ABA’s multidisciplinary approach allows it to work toward common goals with a variety of organizations on educational and prevention programs.