SAN DIEGO – February 3-9 is National Burn Awareness Week and in an effort to reduce the number of burn injuries in San Diego and Imperial Counties, the Burn Institute would like to alert the public that scald injuries affect all ages. Young children and the elderly are most vulnerable.
Annually in the United States and Canada, over 400,000 people receive medical treatment for burn injuries. Roughly 40% of these injuries are scalds. Locally, 53% of all burn injuries in children under10 treated at the UCSD Burn Center are scalds. Most burns occur in the home, usually in the kitchen or bathroom.
Scalds can be prevented through increased awareness of scald hazards and by making simple environmental or behavioral changes. These include providing a “No-Kid Zone” zone while preparing and serving hot foods and beverages, and lowering the water heater thermostat to deliver water at a temperature not to exceed 120 degrees.