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Introducing National Burn Awareness Week

The first full week of February is National Burn Awareness Week. In support of the initiative Thomas J. Henry will be running an awareness campaign featuring blogs on types of burn injuries, treatment, and prevention.

What is National Burn Awareness Week?

National Burn Awareness week occurs from February 5th until February 11th and the significance of this week is to raise awareness about how critical it is to understand the risk of burns.

It is extremely important for parents to be aware for the sake of young children, and adults are definitely not excluded, each demographic can benefit from the information.

Over the course of the week, our blog will include entries meant to raise awareness and help prevent life-altering burn injuries.

General Burn Injury Statistics

  • According to the American Burn Association, about 450,000 patients have received hospital treatment for burns per year; this excludes burn injuries treated in clinics, private medical offices, or community health centers.
  • 3,400 deaths occur due to burn injuries per year.
  • According to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention, burns and fires are the 3rd leading cause of death in the home.
  • Scalding is most common in children under 4 years old responsible for 200,000 injuries per year.
  • 50% of scalds result from spilled food and drinks, and the other 50% are typically from hot tap water; irons; stoves; and heaters.
  • 250,000 children per year under 17 seek medical attention for burn injuries
  • Approximately 15,000 children require hospital treatment after burn injuries
  • Roughly 1,100 children per year die from fires and burn injuries
  • Out of the 3,400 U.S burn injury deaths per year:
    • 2,550 deaths are due to residential fires
    • 300 of the deaths are due to vehicle crashes
    • 550 of the deaths are due to multiple other causes such as scalding, flames, smoke inhalation, and electricity

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