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Awareness campaign focuses on preventing scald burns

Jeff Himler
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Hot liquids can be more dangerous to handle than many may think.
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Courtesy of the American Trauma Society
Safety experts recommend turning pot handles away from the edge of the stovetop to help protect children from scald burns.

Scald injuries can be serious enough to require surgery, but they’re also highly preventable — realities that are the focus of Burn Awareness Week, observed annually during the first week of February.

“So many scald burns are preventable, such as cooking safely, practicing safe bathing habits, and being vigilant when handling and drinking hot liquids, like coffee,” said Krista Brands, CEO of the American Trauma Society’s Pennsylvania Division.

Here are some facts and figures related to scald injuries:

1,208

Number of people in Pennsylvania hospitalized for burn injuries in a year*

112

Allegheny County residents hospitalized for burn injuries last year*

22

Westmoreland County residents hospitalized for burn injuries last year*

376,950

Estimated number of scald burn injuries from household appliances and products seen at U.S. hospitals from 2013-17

78,526

Number of children age 4 or younger included in those figures

300

Number of children seen each day in U.S. emergency rooms with burn injuries

2

U.S. children who die each day from burn injuries

Fact

Young children and older adults are more vulnerable to scald burns because their skin has thinner dermal layers.

85%

Percentage of scald burns that occur in the home

35%

Portion of burn center admissions attributed to scald burns in 2017, up from 30 percent in 2007

100 degrees

Recommended temperature of water for bathing

120 degrees

Recommended temperature setting for hot water heaters

3 seconds

Time it takes 140-degree water to potentially cause a burn serious enough to require surgery

Visit ameriburn.org for more information.

*= Third quarter of 2017 through second quarter of 2018, the most-recent figures available.

Sources: Consumer Product Safety Commission, American Burn Association, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council


Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, jhimler@tribweb.com or via Twitter @jhimler_news.


Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, jhimler@tribweb.com or via Twitter .

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