National Burn Awareness Week
By Desiree Housek, Staff Writer
The first week of February is National Burn Awareness Week. Each year, the American Burn Association, along with other burn centers nationwide take this time to help spread awareness about burn safety.
According to the American Burn Association, there were approximately 486,000 medically treated burn injuries and 40,000 hospitalizations related to burn injuries last year.
The most common causes of burn injuries in 2015 were:
- Fire/Flames accounted for 43 percent of burn injuries
- Scalding accounted for 34 percent of burn injuries
- Thermal burns accounted for 9 percent
- Electrical burns accounted for 4 percent
- Chemical burns accounted for 3 percent
- Other sources such as sunburn, fireworks, or inhalation accounted for the remaining 7 percent
Treatment required for a burn is dependent on the cause and severity of the injury.
Burn injuries are classified by degrees. The mildest form is first-degree which may be treated with home aid, and then second-degree that requires medical treatment. The most severe is a third-degree burn, which requires emergency treatment and possible hospitalization.
The most common place for a burn injury, with a 43% occurrence, is in the home. To help lower the risk of injury at home, keep the following safety tips in mind:
- Always supervise young children when taking a bath, and do not let them adjust the water temperature themselves
- Keep young children away from the stove and oven
- Keep hot drinks and other hot items away from the edges of countertops
- Use caution when cooking with grease and keep a pan lid within reach in case it is needed
- Don’t cook while wearing loose clothing
- Never leave food unattended while cooking on a stove
- Don’t try grabbing hot pots and pans with a towel, always use oven mitts
- Make sure that you have working smoke detectors throughout the house in case of a fire
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