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Common Causes of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries can cause significant skin and tissue damage. You may be kept in the hospital for days or weeks as you recover. Complications for serious burns can include skin infections, low body temperature and low blood volume.

According to the American Burn Association, the most common causes of burn injury are:

  • Fires or flames - 44% of burns were caused by flames in 2010.
  • Scalding - 33% of burn victims suffered injury from hot liquids such as steam, bath water, and coffee.
  • Thermal burns - 9% of burns occurred due to contact with hot objects such as irons, stove tops or ovens.
  • Electrical - 4% of burn injuries were caused by contact with electricity.
  • Chemical - 3% of burn accidents were due to chemical burns.
  • Miscellaneous - 7% of burns occurred from a variety of sources including the sun, fireworks and firecrackers.

As we approach the summer months, everyone needs to be particularly cautious about burn injuries. Activities such as grilling, lighting campfires and shooting off fireworks on the Fourth of July can all be dangerous if you aren't careful. Watch your children closely whenever you're around potentially dangerous objects such as grills or campfire. Don't allow children to handle fireworks.

Even with all the precautions in place, however, burn injuries can still happen. If you've suffered a burn injury due to someone else's negligence, contact the Kyle Law Firm today.

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