Grilling outside and gathering around the campfire are summertime rituals for many families. This summer, parents and firefighters across the nation are working to keep outdoor fun from turning into tragedy by spreading the word that gasoline and fire never mix.
An independent national survey found 80% of parents don’t use gasoline to start camp fires — but those who do mistakenly think it’s a normal behavior. That disconnect between perception and reality puts those parents — and their children — at risk.
Parents are critical role models when it comes to teaching children how to responsibly handle gasoline. Don’t touch Daddy’s gas’ isn’t going to keep your kids safe. Kids learn from what their parents do as well as what they say.
Though gasoline burn data is not directly tracked, the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System estimates 1,500 children a year are injured or killed in gasoline fires. Overall, approximately 14,500 Americans die each year from burn injuries and burn-related infections.
The National Gasoline Safety Project aims to put an end to gas fires through parent-to-parent outreach. The initiative includes a website, www.StopGasFires.org, that allows parents to view a video about a teenage gas burn survivor and connect with others parents though email, Facebook and Twitter.
The National Gasoline Safety Project also has put hangtags on new portable gasoline fuel containers sold in the United States. The hangtags feature firefighters, a burn survivor and others across the country working to stop gas fires in their communities.
This article was written by Chief Taylor