According to the American Burn Association, approximately 450,000 people per year receive hospital and emergency room treatment due to burns. This overwhelming statistic does not include treatment for burn injuries received in private medical offices, hospital clinics, or community health centers. Each year, about 3,400 burn injury deaths occur. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC states the third leading cause of death occurring in the home is from fires and burns. In Louisiana alone, 83 fire deaths occurred in 2015 with a total of 3,362 in the entire United States.
Cause Burn Statistics from The American Burn Association
- 44% of the total of burn center admissions resulted from flame or fire burns.
- 33% of all admissions to burn centers were the result of scalding injuries due to moist or wet heat.
- 9% of admissions to burn centers were due to direct contact with a hot source.
- 4% of burn center admissions were the result of electrical burns.
- 3% of admissions to burn centers were due to chemical burns.
- The remaining 7% of all admissions to burn centers were from other, miscellaneous sources.
Pediatric Burn Statistics from The American Burn Association for 2000
- Scalding accounts for 200,000 injuries each year and the leading cause of burn injury in children under the age of four.
- Approximately 50% of scald burns are the result of spilled food and beverages while the remainder is due to hot objects and hot tap water.
- About 250,000 children under seventeen, require medical treatment due to burn injuries each year.
- Hospitalization is required for approximately 15,000 children due to burn injuries.
- Fire and burn injuries are the cause of death for about 1,100 children each year.
Death Burn Statistics from The American Burn Association
- An estimated 3,400 burn injury deaths occur each year in the United States.
- Residential fires account for 2,550 of these deaths.
- Vehicle crashes account for 300 of these deaths.
- Other causes, such as smoke inhalation, flames, electricity, and scalding account for the remaining 550 deaths.
Costs Burn Statistics from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- 64% or about $4.8 billion, total burn and fire-related costs are due to males each year, while 36% or $2.7 billion is due to females.
- Fatal fire and burn injuries cost about $3 billion, accounting for 2% of the fatal injury costs.
- Hospitalization for fire and burn injuries costs approximately $1 billion, accounting for 1% of costs for hospitalization injuries.
- 2% or $3 billion of non-hospitalization injury costs are from non-hospitalization fire and burn injuries.
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