February: National Burn Awareness Week
Sample News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cigarettes: Leading Cause of Fire Deaths
Students from (name of school or coalition) will witness (name of fire fighters) extinguish a "smoking" 3-foot pack of cigarettes (made by the students) and distribute fire prevention booklets at (name of fire hall) at (location) on (date) at (time) in recognition of National Burn Awareness Week, February 1–7, 2015.
According to the National Fire Data Center, smoking caused 7,800 fires in residential buildings in the United States during 2011, resulting in 305 deaths and 1,050 injuries. The dollar loss attributed to these fires is $296,500,000.
"The greatest tragedy is that these injuries are preventable," stated (name of spokesperson). Each year, Shriners Hospitals for Children, which sponsor the national week, ask parents and other caregivers to be aware of the dangers posed by cigarettes and many household appliances and take steps to keep their families safe.
For more information, please call the (coalition name) at (telephone number).
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