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February: National Burn Awareness Week


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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 2–8, 2014.

According to the National Fire Data Center, between 2008 and 2010 an estimated 7,600 smoking-related fires in residential buildings occur each year in the United States.

"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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