Importance of Fire Prevention    

In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. Fire safety education isn’t just for school children. Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.

 

National Burn Awareness

In the UNITED STATES 450,000 Americans receive medical treatment for burn injuries each year via hospital or emergency room admissions. This does not include clinic or private medical office visits.

3,400 Americans die annually from fire, burns, or smoke inhalation. These numbers are combined because, in some cases, it can be difficult to pinpoint a cause of death.

Of these deaths, 2,550 are from residential fires, 300 are from automobile crashes, 150 are from non-residential fires, and 400 come from contact with electricity, scalding liquids, or hot objects.

40,000 Americans are hospitalized each year for burn injuries. Around 30,000 are hospitalized at one of the nation’s 127 burn centers.

The survival rate for those admitted to Burn Centers exceeds 96%.

Nearly 70% of patients at burn centers are male.

In 2004, nearly all (96%) U.S. homes had at least one smoke alarm. Only 75% had at least one that worked.

Of those admitted to burn centers, the cause of their burns breaks down as follows:

43% fire or flame

34% scald

9% contact with hot object

4% electrical

3% chemical

7% other

While great strides have been made in burn injury prevention and treatment, such injuries are still prevalent and extremely dangerous.

 

 

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