More than two million people suffer serious burns each year in the United States. Nationally, 8,000 people die each year from burn injuries. Burns are the second leading cause of death to children under the age of four! Scald burns constitute approximately 80 percent of all burns to children under the age of eight. One second of exposure to a hot liquid can cause a life threatening injury to a child.
Burn prevention tips:
Whatcom Medic One responded to 24 burn injuries in 1996, 15 of which were serious burns involving children. For more information about burn prevention, contact the Bellingham Fire Department Life Safety Division at (360) 676-6832.
The first week of February is National Burn Injury Awareness Week, sponsored by the Burn Awareness Coalition.
Additional information can be found at the Northwest Burn Foundation web site at www.nwburn.org.