The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. along with the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal want to remind you that burn injuries do occur from other sources than fires. Each year, many young children, adolescents, as well as adults experience serious burn injuries from chemicals, hot liquids, heating devices and fire related incidents. Almost one-quarter of all burn injuries occur to children under the age of 15. Burn safety advocates nationwide make a collaborative effort at this time each year to help remind the public of burn injury prevention.
This year the American Burn Association’s 2019 Campaign target is SCALD. Each year, an estimated 486,000 individuals sustain burn injuries serious enough to require treatment. This is why the American Burn Association and its Burn Prevention Committee is bringing awareness to the cause of such devastating injuries. A scald injury can happen at any age. Children, older adults and people with
disabilities are especially at risk. Hot liquids from bath water, hot coffee and even microwaved soup can cause devastating injuries. Scald burns are the second leading cause of all burn injuries.
Each day over 300 children are seen in emergency rooms and two children die from burn injuries. An estimated 376,950 scald burn injuries associated with consumer household appliances and products were seen in the hospital emergency rooms between 2013-2017. Of that figure, 78,526 (21%) were children four years old and younger.
Always keep cooking safety in mind. The best time to cook is when you are wide awake, and not drowsy from medications or alcohol. Always clean the stove, oven, and exhaust fan to prevent grease buildup. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the area, turn off the stove. When frying, use a pan lid or splash guard to prevent grease splatter. After cooking, check the kitchen to make sure all burners and other appliances are turned off. Also be aware of pets that may be able to jump or climb onto or against the controls for the burners or oven in your absence. Remember to always leave a 3′ “Kid Free” space as a safety zone around the cooking area, including outdoor grilling.
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