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Burn Statistics
Medical Care Guide for burn victims

Burns injuries continue to be a significant problem in the United States. We have compiled some statistics that speak to just how large the problem is:

    • 450,000 peopleĀ  received treatment for burn injuries in 2011 (this figure does not include people who suffered a burn injury who did not seek treatment)
    • 3,500 people died from fire/burn deaths (around 3,000 of these deaths were from residential fires; the other 500 deaths resulted from other sources such as electrical, thermal or chemical burns)
    • approximately 55 % of the 450,000 people who were burned in 2011 were admitted to one of 125 burn centers (hospitals with special facilities for burn care)
    • burn centers averaged around 200 admissions in 2011; 70% of the admissions were male and 30% were female; the survival rate was approximately 96% (Source: American Burn Association)

Children and burn injuries:

  • 85% of the fires that injure or kill children occur in a residence
  • scald and contact burns are the most common cause of burn-related injuries in the majority of hospitalized children aged 4 and under
  • fires kill more than 600 children under the age of 14 yearly; 47,000 children are injured but survive
  • scald burns from hot tap water cause more deaths than any other hot liquid
  • 2/3 of residential fires that result in the death of children occur in homes without a working smoke detector
  • residential fires are most likely to start in sleeping or living areas and commonly occur during the winter months
  • children aged 5 and under are more than 2 times as likely to die in a residential fire than any other age group (National Safe Kids Campaign; United States Fire Administration)

Burn injuries are second to motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.

Work-Related burn injuries:

  • work-related fatalities resulting from fires more than doubled from 53 in 2009 to 109 in 2010--the highest count since 2003.
the number of fatal work injuries resulting from fires and explosions rose from 113 in 2009 to 187 in 2010, an increase of 65 percent; the increase was led by an increase of 106 percent in fatalities resulting from fires which rose from 53 in 2009 to 109 in 2010; of the 187 fatalities involving fires and explosions, 82 occurred in multiple fatality incidents (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011)
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