MedWatch Today: Teaching school children how to prevent burns

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More often than not, preventing a serious burn comes down to education – that’s why Community Regional Medical Center’s Leon S Peters Burn Center teamed up with the Selma Fire Department to go out to local elementary schools to teach young kids how to stay safe and what to do in case of a house fire.

Shana Henry is a burn injury prevention specialist with the Leon S. Peters Burn Center. She said, “[We] really engage the students and the staff here and teach them the true importance of what it means to be fire safe and how to actually prevent burns.”

Shana and Selma firefighter Gerald Reeser went to Indianola Elementary School in Selma to show students what to do in case of an emergency.

(00:36) we chose to come out to selma as we have recognized there’s a huge need for this type of education, we’ve had an increase of burns in our child age burn survivors in this area
shana says the numbers are alarming.
in the outpatient clinic of the burn center…
about 70-percent of their patients are children…
specifically under the age of five.

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with the help of the selma fire department…
they first spoke to the children…
about how important it is…
to have a smoke detector inside of the home.

(02:48) one of the leading causes of fire deaths in the state and the  united  states as well,  is no working smoke detectors; so we want to drive that message home for those kids
selma  firefighter gerald reeser hopes  the students relay the crucial message to their moms and dads.
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the children were also taught…
what to do in case a fire breaks out…
and smoke fills the room.

(00:50) some of the things that we practiced  today were the basics of stop drop and roll; although it may be something that you think is quite common; we are still running into a lot of people who do not understand the concept and need to actually practice physically stop dropping and rolling
burn injuries are one of the leading causes of hospitalization and death for children in the central valley.
but… most children treated at the burn center…
were scalded by hot liquids related to cooking.

(00:04) specifically the use of cup of noodle soup; cup of noodle soup is a great after school snack, a lot of children use it and eat it because they’re able to make it on their own
that snack, however, can turn dangerous…
so shana urges…
(nat sound) three minutes, at least three minutes, within three minutes; that liquid will cool off enough and will allow you to be able to eat it
teacher antonio lopez watched as his fifth grade class soaked up all the information on burn prevention.

(00:23) they asked really insightful questions as well so in case of that emergency of what to do if they have a two story house and things like that so it was really informative for them
antonio believes what the students learn here…
will resonate at home.

(00:11) i’m really appreciative of programs like this coming out to our communities because it is a rural area and so students like the ones here; some don’t have the opportunity for programs like this so i think it’s extremely important and vital for them because in case of an emergency they now know what to do
gerald says this great work cannot be done alone.

(05:07) we’re super grateful to partner with the burn center as they provide us with the resources and help with the fire prevention education
it’s a partnership that will hopefully continue to grow…
for the children of the central valley.

(00:00) we hope by being able to do this type of education more than once a year and being able to come out and connect with these students more on a personal level that we see a decrease in these type of injuries at the hospital

     with the only ’round-the-clock, comprehensive burn center between los angeles and sacramento, the “leon s. peters burn center” treats patients within 15,000 square miles.
     if you would like to donate to make more programs like this one possible…
     visit “community medical dot org slash give”.

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