Burn Awareness Week Being Observed This Week With Focus on Children’s Scald Burn Injuries

Every day, 352 children ages 19 and under are injured as a result of a fire or burn-related cause. Among children under 5 years of age, scalds or contact burns are responsible for 90 percent of burn injuries. One of the focus areas of the American Burn Association’s Burn Awareness Week (February 3-9, 2013) is preventing scald burn injuries – a burn from hot liquid or steam. The maximum recommended residential water temperature is 120 degrees F (48 degrees C).

Children have thinner skin than adults which can result in a more severe burn. The most common places children experience … Read the rest