Tampa, Florida – The Shriners Hospitals for Children has kicked off a year-long campaign focused on preventing gasoline burn injuries. Launched in conjunction with Burn Awareness Week, which begins February 1, the campaign includes a special website, BurnAwareness.

According to a study published in the Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation, there are an estimated 10,000 pediatric burn injuries annually in the United States.

“Preventing burn injuries and burn awareness education should be an ongoing effort, not just a week-long campaign,” said Dr. Peter Armstrong, chief medical officer for the hospitals. “We are declaring 2009 the year of Preventing Gasoline Burn Injuries. Most of these types of burn injuries are preventable.”

Children 13 and older are in the highest at-risk group for gasoline and other flammable substance burns.

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