Northwest Burn Foundation to raise funds at Salmon Days

September 27, 2011

By Staff

Visitors to the Salmon Days Festival can help local burn victims through the Northwest Burn Foundation’s annual fundraising event, Give Burns the Boot.

Manning first aid stations set up around the festival site, Eastside Fire & Rescue volunteers will pass a boot to raise money for burn survivors.

“We not only collect money for the Northwest Burn Foundation, but we also provide burn prevention information to the public,” said EFR volunteer firefighter Anita Sandall, this year’s Burn Foundation coordinator for local firefighters.

“With so many people attending during Salmon Days,” Sandall added, “there’s no better opportunity to collect funds for burn survivors than over the two days we will be part of the festival.”

“It only takes a second to change a life” is the motto of the Northwest Burn Foundation. In a press release, officials said burn victims and survivors can include young people, senior citizens and young children. The last group actually makes up the highest percentage of burn victims. Approximately 116,000 children are treated for fire/burn injuries each year. The most common rooms for such injuries are the kitchen and bathroom.

In Washington state, scald injuries, caused by hot liquids or steam, are the second leading cause of death to children up to age 4. Learn more at www.nwburn.org.

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