Burn injuries are serious personal injuries that can have real repercussions in the law if someone else was responsible for your injury. Almost 2.5 million people in the United States will suffer from burn injuries, and some of them will experience lifetime effects. A burn is defined as damage to the skin or blood cells. Burns are categorized by their severity, such as first-degree, second-degree, etc. The degrees are based on the range of damage; a person with first-degree burns will have red, non-blistered skin, whereas a person with third-degree burn could have thickened skin with a white, leathery appearance.
Burn Cause Statistics
- According to the American Burn Association, roughly 450,000 patients receive hospital and emergency room treatments for burns each year.
- 44 percent of all admissions to burn centers results from fire or flame burns.
- 33 percent of all burn center admissions result from scalding injuries caused by wet or moist heat.
- 9 percent of burn center admissions are from those who had direct contact with a hot source.
- 4 percent of burn center admissions are from those with electrical burns.
- 3 percent of burn center admissions are from those with chemical burns.
- 7 percent of burn center admissions are caused by miscellaneous sources.
Simple Tips for Burn Prevention
- Install smoke detectors in your home.
- Stay in the kitchen while cooking.
- Don’t cook when drinking alcohol or tired.
- If you have to smoke, do it outside of the house.
- Never use extension cords for air conditioners.
- Tell your kids not to play with lighters or matches.
- Take caution when using a grill on a deck.