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Prevention: Early Childhood

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Home Safe Home Hospital-Based Program

Providing prevention materials to parents of preschool children to prevent accidental burn injuries

Babies can sometimes be burned by hot liquids, steam or electrical appliances. Scalding is the most prevalent form of burns in children under 5 years of age. An estimated 60% of scalds with this age group occur from cups/mugs/tableware containing hot liquids; most commonly from a pull-down (48%) or spill (32%) mechanism (American Burn Association 2018). At this age, kids haven’t learned how to keep themselves from harm. The good news is that parents and guardians can keep their children safe by taking a few easy steps.

This innovative program starts with an in-hospital educational video that all new mothers watch before being discharged from a Lehigh Valley Health Network hospital.

Home Safe Home Young Adventurers Club

Fire and Burn Safety Flick preschool pre-K

The hospital-based program expands to all Eastern PA kids under five with the Home Safe Home Young Adventurer Club! This program provides age-appropriate fire and burn safety lessons at early learning centers featuring our mascot – Flick the Firefly. Preschoolers learn to identify what is hot, what is not, and what is sometimes hot.

Parents sign up to receive quarterly emailed newsletters that have safety tips, songs, fun family activities to teach safety to preschoolers.

Parents – Sign up for our Home Safe Home Adventurer Club!

Padres – ¡Regístrese en nuestro Club de Aventureros Hogar Seguro Hogar!

Prevention: School-Age Children

Flick's Fire & Burn Safety Program (Grades 1-5)

Flick’s Fire and Burn Safety is a teacher-directed program designed for grades 1-5 in conjunction with Academic Standards. Topics within this program include:

  • Appropriate behavior to extinguish clothing fires.
  • Proper first aid for burns.
  • What constitutes an emergency and how to call 911.
  • How to prevent clothing fires.
  • Dangers of lighter and matches.
  • Recognizing fire hazards and Keeping your home fire safe.
  • Recognizing safe/unsafe behaviors

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The Great Escape (Grades 6-8)

The Great Escape is a teacher-directed program designed for grades 6-8 in conjunction with academic standards.  Topics within this program include:

  • Recognizing fire hazards and keeping your home fire safe
  • Understanding the need for having a home escape plan, understanding the necessary components of an escape plan.
  • Problem-solving when various escape routes are blocked.
  • Diagram a floor plan of the home and indicate two ways out of each room.
  • Learning how to “shelter” in a room if escape is impossible.
  • The dangers and consequences of youth fire misuse.
  • Public awareness of fire safety

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Stop, Drop, Roll

Stop, Drop, and Roll

Teaching kids safety tips and what to do in a fire.


Burn Survivor Support

Camp Susquehanna

Increasing resilience in burn survivors ages 7-17 through peer interactions

Surviving from a devastating burn requires more than just physical healing. Burn survivors and their family members must also deal with the psychological, mental, and even spiritual impacts of this life-changing injury.

Camp Susquehanna is a Pennsylvania statewide sleep-away summer camp with year-round supportive activities for youth ages 7-17 who have had a serious burn injury. This unique program offers an opportunity to build self-esteem through physical activities and personal accomplishments. Children will interact with others who have experienced a burn injury and
be included in a traditional camp setting. Although Camp Susquehanna’s campers are of varying ages, activities and groups are geared towards each camper’s developmental needs.

The camp is staffed with experienced burn and wound nurses, adult burn survivors, fire service professionals, health professionals and other caring staff. All volunteers undergo
background checks, interviews, and training in trauma informed care and resiliency. We also hold quarterly virtual events.

Camp Susquehanna is completely free of charge to our campers and families.

We also provide school re-entry for burn survivors. The purpose of the school re-entry program is to prepare classmates, faculty and school personnel for the return of a student who has undergone medical treatment for burn injuries that has resulted in visible scarring and/or impairment of that survivor. The content of this program is to familiarize these persons about the treatment that the survivor has undergone, the medical devices (compression garments and face masks, etc.) that may still be in use, the current appearance and any physical restrictions of the survivor, and to address questions about the needs and feelings of the survivor. The intent is to create an accepting and nurturing environment that will allow the survivor to reintegrate into daily life and regain a sense of normalcy.