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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, Portland Fire & Rescue is partnering with the Oregon Burn Center to provide safety tips and information to help citizens learn how to 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 frequently seen in emergency rooms with burn injuries.
Hot Tap Water & Scald Burns
Over 500,000 scald burns occur annually in the United States. Hot tap water is a major cause of burn injury. As with other scald burns, young children and older adults are most at risk.
The following measures will help you prevent or control tap water scalds:
Citizens can find Buddy Thermometers and soft spout covers at Emanuel Hospital’s Safety Store located at 2801 N. Gantenbein as well as at Portland Fire & Rescue’s Historic Belmont Firehouse Learning Center at SE 35th and Belmont.
Remember, continuous and adequate supervision of young children is the single most important factor in preventing tab water scald burns.
Questions? Contact Portland Fire & Rescue Fire Inspector Scott Goetchius at 503-823-3615.
Portland Fire & Rescue