Home Safe Home 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. Just being aware of the danger is a great first step to avoiding it. It’s tempting to carry your baby in your arms or in a baby sling, but don’t hold a baby while carrying anything hot or cooking on the stove. Whether you just watched our discharge video at the hospital, you received a Home Safe Home newsletter with tips or you are researching what you can do, we are here to provide you with the tips you need to protect your family!
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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:
The Great Escape is a teacher-directed program designed for grades 6-8 in conjunction with academic standards. Topics within this program include:
Stop, Drop, and Roll
Teaching kids safety tips and what to do in a fire.
Fire Youth Intervention (FYI)
Providing multidisciplinary intervention to youth who have had a fire incident to prevent fire misuse recidivism
PLEASE NOTE: Until further notice, assessments will be done virtually.
Burn Prevention Network’s “FYI” Program (Fire and Youth Intervention) is designed to educate children ages 7-17 about fire and its consequences, as well as to provide other necessary interventions for the youth and his/her family. The “FYI” Program is available for families in Lehigh, Northampton and Berks Counties in PA. The Burn Prevention Network partners with licensed Mental Health Professionals, trained educators, and many other community organizations in order to provide these families with the resources they need.
The Fire and Youth Intervention Research Consent Form is linked below:
Is it normal for children to play with lighters and matches?
While curiosity about fire is common, some children light fires for other reasons. A change or crisis such as a move, death or divorce, may result in fire misuse. This behavior can be the child’s way of acting out fear or anxiety. Some children set fires to get attention or to oppose authority. Other behaviors in addition to fire misuse may reflect more serious emotional problems and require the services of community mental health professionals. Proper intervention can help youth who misuse fire.
Is it a phase?
Youth fire misuse is extremely dangerous and should not be dismissed as a phase or simple curiosity. Do not ignore it! Left alone it may cause severe property damage or even loss of life. Early recognition and treatment of fire misuse can help prevent tragedies in the future.
My child lit a small fire, should I be concerned?
Every fire starts small. Fire moves fast and can get out of control very quickly. Any time a child starts a fire, he endangers himself and the people around him.
The Fire and Youth Intervention Program Research Consent form can be found here:
Youth Burn Survivor Support
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.
The Burn Prevention Network has been involved in youth burn survivor support for the past 25 years through participation in Camp Susquehanna, a summer camp for children that was originally organized by the M. Elvin Byler Memorial Sertoma Club of Lancaster, PA. The Burn Prevention Network’s current Youth Burn Survivor Support program continues to provide in-person Camp Susquehanna and expanded to include year-round online activities and support. We provide children with a focused and intentional program that increases resilience and connects them to others who share their experience
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.
There is no doubt that there has been an increase across the Commonwealth in fireworks-related injury in recent years; just within the state of Pennsylvania, fireworks -related injuries nearly doubled between 2019 and 2020. Consumer fireworks sales are also on the rise, reporting jumps up to 300% in 2020. While fireworks often accompany times of celebration, we must take the necessary safety measures and precautions. In an effort to keep Pennsylvanians safe and informed, we have partnered with several local and statewide collaborators including the Commonwealth of PA, the five Regional Burn Centers in Pennsylvania, American Pyrotechnics Safety & Education Foundation, the PA Professional Firefighters Association, PA Municipal League, State Fire Commissioner Charles McGarvey, and the Eastern PA EMS Council to encourage the public to Celebrate Safely this Fourth of July and beyond.
The campaign aims to raise awareness about fireworks safety and to ultimately reduce fireworks-related injury, which is why we’ve developed both point-of-sale fireworks safety flyers as well as a robust media campaign. Stay tuned through our various channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn as we share these materials throughout upcoming weeks. Together, we can Celebrate Safely, PA!