Latest Highlights

June 5, 2024

Karla Klas, B.S.N., R.N., CCRP, from the Michigan Medicine Trauma Burn Center is the first person ever in history to win the “Triple Crown” equivalent of national injury and violence prevention awards!  She is the recipient of the prestigious lifetime achievement award Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education, American Burn Association Burn Prevention Award, and Safe States Alliance Injury and Violence Prevention Program Achievement Award.  Klas was presented with these honors during recent annual meeting conferences.

February 5, 2024
2024 National Burn Awareness Week: Prevent Flammable Liquid Burn Injuries!

National Burn Awareness Week is a window of opportunity for organizations to mobilize burn, fire, and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in our communities.  Learn how you can help prevent burn injuries!

October 10, 2023
Recipient of the 2023 Injury and Violence Prevention Program Achievement Award for Addressing Youth Fire Misuse

Safe States Alliance recently presented Karla Klas, BSN, RN, CCRP with the 2023 Injury and Violence Prevention Program Achievement Award for the “innovative approach to comprehensively addressing youth firesetting and injuries.”  Learn more about youth fire misuse, the importance of recognizing when it occurs and how to help positively re-direct youth at:

Teach children that lighters are tools for adults, not toys.
May 1, 2023
Preventing Youth Fire Misuse

The 2023 Arson Awareness Week theme is Youth Firesetting Prevention, hosted by the United States Fire Administration.  Children are often curious about fire.  While curiosity is normal, there are things you can inform parents and caregivers about to prevent children from experimenting with fire.  Learn more by viewing the recorded webinar taught by Karla Klas, BSN, RN, CCRP from the University of Michigan - Michigan Medicine Trauma Burn Center.  Additional tips and information are also available at USFA and the Trauma Burn Center

January 11, 2023
Creating special moments for patients during the holidays

U-M Health’s Trauma Burn Center is considered one of the best in the country. Each year, the center treats more than 1,400 patients with severe injuries. On top of clinical success, community partners bolster these efforts by improving the experience for patients both during and after they have been in the team’s care. Click through for a look back at special holiday events benefiting those served by the Trauma Burn Center!

October 12, 2022
Fire Prevention Week Celebrates 100 Years!

How fast does fire move? Very fast. You could have less than 2 minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Every Second Counts, Plan 2 Ways Out

October 21, 2021
Halloween Safety

Halloween Impaired Driving Prevention - October 31, 2021

Halloween is meant to be scary, but not when it comes to driving.  Yet, when it comes to impaired driving, Halloween can turn the roads into a horror fest.

August 24, 2021
Prevent your child from playing with fire

And what to do if they’re already misusing candles, matches, lighters and more.