5 Common Sources of Burns

Burn Prevention

A burn is damage to the skin, and depending on the severity of the injury, possibly the underlying tissues. Burn injuries are categorized according to the depth and extent to which they cause damage. Burns can be caused by heat, flame, chemicals, sunlight, electricity, and even radiation. Read on to learn some of the most common ways that people get burned.

  • Clothing irons and curling irons
    Both of these irons are commonly left on low surfaces to cool (or heat up) and can therefore be very tempting for a young child to grab. Never leave irons or their cords in a place where a child could access them, as accidents with these items can cause serious burns.
  • Cigarettes
    The hottest portion of a cigarette can heat up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Although the injury is small, it can still cause damage and scarring to the skin.
  • Fireworks
    New Year’s Day and the Fourth of July are big days for fireworks. It is very common for burns of the first and second degree to result from the improper use of these festive lights.
  • Barbeque grills
    Barbeques can pose a major burn risk to both adults and children. Even when the open flame is not hot enough to cook on, it can still burn.
  • Fireplaces
    One should always be careful while lighting, maintaining, or putting out a gas or wood fire. The glass and metal doors that guard a fireplace can also get very hot and cause a burn long after the fire has been extinguished.

Suffering a burn injury can be a very frightening event. Trust the skilled medical staff of the world-renowned Grossman Burn Center to provide the highest quality care possible. Our comprehensive burn treatment ranges from acute care and reconstruction to rehabilitation and psychological counseling. You can learn more about our burn centers by contacting West Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (818) 676-4000.

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