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Pediatric Burn Fact Sheet

BURNS TO CHILDREN

HOW MANY CHILDREN IN THE U.S. (AGES 0-17) ARE BURNED EACH YEAR?
(seriously enough to require medical attention)
250,000

HOW MANY CHILDREN ARE HOSPITALIZED WITH BURN INJURIES?
15,000

HOW MANY CHILDREN DIE FROM FIRE AND BURN INJURIES?
1,100

HOW MANY CHILDREN ARE BURNED BY CONTACT
WITH HOT SUBSTANCES AND OBJECTS?

200,000

WHAT ARE THE MOST FREQUENT SOURCES OF THESE INJURIES?

Scalds from spilled food and beverages: 100,000

(Child pulls pot off of stove)
(Toddler bumps into adult carrying or holding hot food or beverage)
(Toddler pulls tablecloth, spilling hot food or beverage off of table)

Scalds from tap water:5,000

(Child unattended in bath turns hot water faucet)
(Inexperienced caretaker fails to test hot water temperature)

Contact with hot objects: 60,000

Clothing irons (toddler touches or falls against iron): 10,000
Hair curlers (toddler grasps hot hair curler): 8,700
Ranges (toddler touches heating element): 5,800

WHAT ARE OTHER FREQUENT SOURCES OF BURNS TO CHILDREN?

Fireworks: 3,200
Gasoline (child playing with matches and gasoline): 1,500
Cigarettes and other tobacco products (often child abuse): 1,500

Sources: National Health Interview Survey, National Hospital Discharge Survey, National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, National Electronic Injury Surveillance System

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Fire and Burn Prevention for Seniors

The Burn Foundation continues to present an exciting prevention program for senior adults.  The program uses an entertaining DVD and bingo game to teach seniors about safe cooking practices, burn first aid, smoking safety, scald prevention, and other aspects of home fire safety.  Thousands of seniors across the region have participated -  with very positive outcomes.  If you are interested in supporting, volunteering, or learning more about the Senior Program, call (215) 545-3816.


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