Engaging Legal Support to Promote Burn Prevention
Originally published in the American Burn Association Burn & Fire Prevention News Fall 2016 newsletter:
Burn injury survival, recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration are primary goals for each of us involved in the burn community. At the same time, we strive to understand the facts behind how the burn injury occurred and ways to prevent its reoccurrence in the future. Fortunately, with the speed of today’s tracking and reporting systems, common causes for many types of burn injuries can be quickly identified and burn prevention measures developed and put into action. Nevertheless, warnings, public safety announcements and education are not always enough. Engaging legal support for the promotion of burn prevention and safety is an important tool to use.
Attorney assistance can be critical in leveraging for safety-focused national, state and local legislation to promote and advocate for burn prevention. Smoke alarms, hot water temperature regulation, flame retardant sleepwear, child-resistant lighters and fire safe cigarettes are but a few examples of burn prevention legislation that has changed our everyday environment and mandated fire safety behaviors. Implementing new or changing existing laws, statutes, ordinances and codes can be a long and complex process. Soliciting the help of a lawyer to assist in developing and initiating a plan, lobbying, and following it through to completion increases the probability of success in remedying a particular burn prevention and safety issue. Unfortunately, effecting change at the federal, state and local legislative levels often takes years to accomplish.
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