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Burn Awareness Week | FACTS
Each year, thousands of Oregonians suffer from burn injuries including scalds, flame, heat, sunburn, frostbite, chemical or electrical burns. About 80% of burn injuries do occur in or around the home and the majority of these injuries are preventable. During Burn Awareness Week (February 8 – 12, 2010), Portland Fire & Rescue will provide safety tips and information to help readers avoid burn injuries.
What are Burns?
A burn is damage to the skin and underlying tissue caused by heat, chemicals, or electricity. All burns damage or destroy skin cells. Deeper burns may involve the fat, muscle, or bone.
Who Are More Susceptible?
Due to their thinner skin, children and older adults can sustain severe burns at lower temperatures and in less time than younger adults. Children, seniors, and the disabled are less likely to survive burn injuries and usually spend more in hospital due to recovery challenges. Adults between the ages of 35 and 44 are the most frequently hospitalized for burn-related injuries. Adult males are three times more likely than females to experience burn-related hospitalizations. Children under the age of six years old are most frequently seen in emergency rooms with burn injuries.
Types of Burns
Visit the Fire Blog this week to learn what causes burns, how to prevent burn injuries, and how to treat burns.
February 8, 2010