Just because February and Burn Awareness Week are behind us doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t remain on the alert for ways to prevent burns in the home.
Every year 24 million people experience burns with 35% of those being children.
With that said, most are preventable. So how can we decrease the top 5 injuries in the pediatric population? By education!
Most people think of burns in degrees where the medical profession categorizes burns in terms of thickness.
Age Categories/Most Common Burn Type
0-4 years of age most frequently suffers a scald burn (anything that pours) and this also includes the senior population;
5-12 years of age experiments with heat producing materials, gasoline, lighters, cooking, sitting on transformers and climbing close to power lines;
13-19 years of age carries hot liquids, uses gasoline regularly, wears loose fitting clothing around open flames, potentially uses alcohol while camping, aerosol cans and lighters.
Treatment for Burns
1. Immediate treatment for any burn is to remove the heat source then run under cool water for at least 10 minutes;
2. ICE makes the burn go deeper and may cause hypothermia;
3. Remember that anything that YOU apply will be removed by medical professionals to properly assess the burn;
4. Seek medical attention if burned area is greater than the palm of the victim’s hand or you are unsure of care.
If It is Hot Cool It!