Thousands of children and adults benefit each year from fire and burn prevention programs – including support groups, a summer camp and scholarships for burn survivors – thanks to the nonprofit Burn Institute based right here in San Diego.
Our company and our employees are long-time supporters of the Burn Institute, and have been partners with the nonprofit since 1996. Take a moment to check out the Burn Institute’s programs and resources, because your loved ones may benefit from them.
Fire Safety Educational Partnership
Each year, we partner with the Burn Institute on the Fire Safe Kids 2 program. Through this program, free educational fire safety presentations are offered to schools throughout San Diego County for children in grades 4-6. These pre-teens learn about the dangerous consequences of playing with matches and lighters, and safety tips, such as never crawling low under smoke and establishing a family meeting place outside the home in case of a fire emergency.
If you are a parent with younger students in kindergarten through third grade, check out the Fire Safe Kids website at firesafekids.org. The site engages children with fun, interactive games centered around fire safety. Printable coloring sheets, mazes, word searches (in English and Spanish) are available for download. There is even a section on the science of fire.
Another worthwhile resource is this tip sheet to avoid scald injuries in the kitchen and bathroom, when children are around.
Free Smoke Alarm Program for Seniors
Did you know that adults 65 and older are much more likely to die in a house fire than the general population? One way to improve elderly people's chance of escaping a fire in their home is to make sure they have a working alarm.
That's why we partner with the Burn Institute to install free life-saving smoke alarms for qualified seniors in San Diego County. To qualify for the Burn Institute’s Senior Smoke Alarm Program, seniors must be 62 years or older, own their own home and live within the County.
The Burn institute also plays an important role in helping to educate the public about wildfire risks, and what they can do to protect their family and home. Check out the Burn Institute’s guide called “Living With Wildfire,” which includes tips on creating defensible space around your home, evacuation planning, and making an emergency supply kit.