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In conjunction with Burn Awareness Week, Feb 4-10, 2018, the American Burn Association and the Lombard Fire Department Bureau of Fire Prevention, is providing information and helpful precautions relating to scald burns.
The American Burn Association estimates that in 2016, over 486,000 patients were treated were treated in hospitals and clinics for burn injuries.
Scalds burns are caused by hot water or steam. These painful burns may require prolonged treatment and could result in lifelong scarring or even death. Prevention of scalds is always preferable to treatment and can be accomplished through simple changes in behavior and the home environment.
“Although anyone can sustain a scald burn, certain people are more likely to be scalded --- infants, young children, older adults and people with disabilities. These high risk groups are also more likely to require hospitalization, suffer complications, and experience a difficult recovery,” says Lombard Fire Marshal Jerry Howell. “Most burn injuries occur in the person’s own home and the vast majority of these injuries could have easily been prevented.”
Tap water scalds are often more severe than cooking-related scalds. The American Burn Association recommends the following simple safety tips to decrease the risk to yourself and those you love from tap water scalds:
For more information about preventing scald burns, contact the American Burn Association at (312) 642-9260 or www.ameriburn.org.