The American Burn Association is observing Burn Awareness Week, which goes through February 7. This year’s focus is on teaching children safety tips that will help keep them safe from burn injuries, especially at home.
More than ten percent of all the patients admitted to the Burnett Burn Center at The University of Kansas Hospital are under the age of 14 and most of those injures are from scalds. Children’s skin is thinner than older children and adults and their skin burns at lower temperatures more deeply, making them susceptible to harsher burns with long term affects.
Kelly Dahl is a burn education specialist at The University of Kansas Hospital. In the video she offers practical advice on how to prevent burns, especially with children in the house.