Shriners Hospitals for Children kicks off a year-long campaign focused on teaching adults and children to “Be Burn Aware,” especially at home.
Every day, hundreds of children are taken to emergency rooms with burn injuries.
Learn how you can prevent injuries from fires, scalds, electrical sources and other risks in the home.
Electrical safety - Be safe around electricity
In the U.S., electrical burns and injuries from lightning result in approximately 3,000 admissions to specialized burn units annually, and result in about 1,000 fatalities. In addition, electrical fires in residences cause more than 25,000 fires annually.
Remembering a few basic safety tips can help keep you and your children safe.
Fire safety - Keep children safe from fire
Approximately 85 percent of fire-related deaths occur in homes. And every year, more than 400 children under age 10 die in home fires.
Fires and burns are the third leading cause of deaths that occur in the home, the third-leading cause of injury-related fatalities among children ages 1-9, and the fourth most prevalent cause for children ages 10-14 in the U.S. Many more could be prevented by following some prevention tips and precautions.
Home safety - Safety begins at home
Shriners Hospitals for Children wants children and families to "Be Burn Aware," especially at home.
Thousands of children sustain burn injuries in their homes every year. Many of these injuries could have been prevented. Here are some safety tips to help keep your children – and you – safe at home.
Scald safety - Prevent scald injuries
Every day, hundreds of young children with burn injuries are taken to emergency rooms. They were not even near a flame. The children are victims of scalds.
Clearly, this is a real danger. Scald burns (caused by hot liquids, steam or foods) are the most common burn injury among children ages 4 and younger. According to Safe Kids USA, an average of 12 children ages 14 and under die from scald burn injuries each year. Children ages 4 and under account for nearly all of these deaths.
While the number of injuries is distressing, even more disturbing is the fact that many of these burns could have been prevented.