Earlier this month, Burn Awareness Week took place, from February 1-7. Did you know that many burn injuries are caused by cooking liquids, grease and steam? To prevent serious burns:
In addition to these precautions, prevent burn injuries from home fires by installing smoke alarms on every floor of your home. You should test these alarms once monthly. You should also create a fire escape plan with everyone in your home, so that you all know what to do in the event of a fire.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 300 children between the ages of 0 and 19 are treated for burn injuries every day in the ER. Tragically, 2 children die each die because of burn injuries.
The American Burn Association says older adults are at a heightened risk of burn injury. Adults who are 65 or older are two times more likely to die in a home fire. Fires and burns threaten people of all ages, children and adults, and you can work to prevent burn injuries by following the tips listed above.