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Scalds and burns

Scalds and burns

Children are at high risk for burns because their skin is thinner than an adult's skin. A child's skin burns four times more quickly and deeply than an adult's, at the same temperature.

   

Scalds

Scalds are the types of burn injuries that most often send children to hospital. Scalds are burns from hot water or liquids. Young children under the age of five suffer 83 per cent of all scald injuries requiring hospital admission.

Burns

Serious burns can have long-term consequences for a child. They often must have many skin grafts and may have to wear compression garments for up to two years. Because children are always growing, they are likely to have scarring and contracting of the skin and underlying tissue as they heal. Many children are left with disfigurement, permanent physical disability, and emotional difficulties.

Gas fireplaces

Flames/Fire

Every year an estimated 40 children, age 14 and under, die from fires and other burns. Another 770 are hospitalized for serious injuries. Fires and flames account for 34 per cent of hospitalizations, with fireplaces and woodstoves making up 7.5 per cent.

Here are some safety tips to protect your child from fire burns: