The American Burn Association, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by burn injuries, has declared the first full week of February to be National Burn Awareness Week. With this in mind, Daggett Shuler Law presents facts and figures on burn injuries, as well as tips to help keep you and those you love safe from harm.
Frequency of Burn Injuries
According to the organization’s statistics, there are an estimated 486,000 burn-related injuries each year. This means someone in the U.S. suffers a burn serious enough to require medical care or treatment approximately every 65 seconds. Children under 16 years old represent approximately 26% of all admissions to burn center hospitals. Each day, emergency rooms treat over 300 children for burn injuries. Sadly, two of those 300 children die from their injuries.
Common Sources of Burn Injuries
Between 2013 and 2017, 376,950 Americans suffered scald burn injuries associated with consumer household appliances and products, including stoves, coffee makers, cookware, and bathtubs. Children four years old and younger represented 21% of these injuries.
Get the Facts
The American Burn Association has published an informative infographic with facts on burn injuries among young children. It illustrates information that can help keep your children safe from harm. These facts include:
- Infants and older adults both have thinner skin, putting them at risk for deeper burns at lower temperatures.
- Never carry hot liquids while holding or carrying a child. Get a lid for your coffee or tea to prevent scalding.
- If you must leave your bathroom while bathing a child, do not leave them unattended. Take them with you.
- 62% of people who are treated in burn centers for scald burns are children under the age of five.
- Be sure to never place hot liquids on coffee tables or other low surfaces that a young child can easily reach.
We Can Help.
If you or someone you love has suffered a burn injury, contact Daggett Shuler Law for help. An experienced Burn Injury Attorney can handle your entire case and work to secure fair and just compensation for you.
If you have questions about a burn injury, call Daggett Shuler at 800-815-5500. When you call, you will speak with a Winston-Salem, North Carolina Burn Injury Attorney absolutely FREE. We will investigate every detail of your situation at no cost to you—and fight hard to secure the compensation you deserve.
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