The Safe Kids Worldwide organization’s Burns and Fire Safety Fact Sheet (2014) highlights ten interesting statistics and facts about the topic. The more informed Atlanta parents and community leaders are about the dangers of childhood burn injuries, the more likely they are to take the necessary steps to prevent these types of accidents from occurring.
10 Facts about Burn Accidents amongst Children
Safe Kids Worldwide shared the following facts in its whitepaper, citing various studies.
- In 2011, 325 children and teenagers died from fires or burns, 85 percent of which occurred in residential home fires.
- Childhood fire fatalities have dramatically dropped, falling 55 percent between the years 1999 to 2011.
- In 2012, over 135,000 children and teens went to the E.R. for burn injuries.
- Cooking equipment is the number one cause of childhood home fire injuries.
- Having a working smoke alarm in the home reduces the risk of dying in a home fire by 50 percent.
- When a fire ignites, in two minutes, an entire home can be filled with black smoke or engulfed in flames.
- Young children are more likely to sustain burns from scalding accidents (liquid or steam), whereas older children are more likely to be burned by direct contact with fire.
- Of all the scald burns children sustain, tap water burns tend to be the most severe, covering the largest portion of the body.
- National and regional agencies are implementing plumbing standards for new homes that require anti‐scald technology and a maximum water heater temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Burn injuries cost an estimated $22,700 when a child requires admission to a burn center.
Childhood Burn Injury Attorney
If your child sustains a serious burn injury, you might be eligible to file an injury claim for compensation for damages. For a free legal consult with an accident attorney in Atlanta, contact the Law Office of Jason Schultz today: (404) 474-0804.