This year, National Fire Prevention Week was held between October 9 and 15, and agencies like the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) participated in activities to help people protect themselves and their children from burn injuries. Severe injuries and deaths caused by burns remains a risk for young children especially, who often do not understand the risks involved in handling hot objects or being near sources of heat or flame.
According to Safe Kids USA, approximately 116,000 children in the U.S. are treated for burn injuries each year and nearly 500 children are killed. Young children are more likely to suffer scalding burns from hot liquids or steam, while older children are more likely to suffer burns from direct contact with a hot object, such as a lit firework or a heating unit.
Fireworks are a particular source of danger for children of all ages. In 2006, for instance, 2,304 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms for burns related to fireworks like firecrackers and sparklers. Hot tap water and cigarette lighters are also involved in many burn injuries, especially in younger children. All U.S. states and the federal government now have regulations in place to govern how hot hot water in a water heater is allowed to get in order to help reduce the risk of burns from hot tap water, and the CPSC has created regulations for child-resistant lighters.
Burn injuries are notoriously painful, and they often require intensive specialized care in order to heal properly. If you or someone you love has been burned by a defective consumer product, the experienced Southfield product liability attorneys at Lipton Law can help. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.