This week, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and Rep. Dave Joyce (OH-14) presented a bipartisan resolution recognizing National Burns Awareness Week which runs from February 6-12, 2022.
This resolution calls on local governments, health care organizations, first responders and people across the country to commemorate National Burns Awareness Week to raise awareness of the seriousness of burns and to honor survivors, patients and those who care for them.
“Every year, more than 400,000 people receive treatment for burns. I am proud to present this bipartisan resolution with Rep. Joyce to raise awareness of the dangers of burns and work to support victims, survivors and those who care for them,” said Congressman Thompson. “This week, we are raising awareness about ways to prevent burns and extending our gratitude to first responders and medical professionals who respond and treat those with burns.
“Burns continue to be one of the leading causes of accidental death and injury in the United States,” said Congressman Joyce. “What’s worse is that nearly a third of all burns affect children under the age of 15. I’m proud to once again present this bipartisan resolution alongside Congressman Thompson to help promote awareness of burns, prevent these terrible accidents that threaten thousands of lives each year, and recognize first responders who are dedicated to rescuing and caring for burn victims.
“So many of the burns we see every day are preventable. Every survivor we help is a person, with a family and a life ahead of them. Raising awareness of common sense measures the public can take to protect themselves and their loved ones is essential. We appreciate Reps. Thompson and Joyce bringing forward this resolution, continuing to lead Congress on burn prevention,” said Lucy Wibbenmeyer, MD, FACS, president of the American Burn Association.
Thompson represents California’s fifth congressional district, which includes all or parts of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties.