Although many of the occurrences are not serious, burns make up a significant number of injuries in Georgia. The damage from excessive heat can range from lightly irritated skin to deep wounds that may cause permanent nerve damage, blood loss or even death.
Burns are serious injuries that can be deceptively shallow. The damage and pain that extreme heat can cause may not be perceived right away because of dead or stunned nerves. The sealing effect of heat may not generate the obvious blood loss and sore appearance that many other injuries cause.
Data previously published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) showed that at least 5,000 individuals suffer burn injuries on the job each year. This accounts for at least 45 percent of all individuals who suffer a burn injury each year in the United States.
When many people hear the terminology "burn injuries," they seldom think about smoke inhalation. They should, though. According to the Burn Institute, at least 50 percent of those who die from fire-related injuries are killed by smoke inhalation.
A report recently published by the United States Fire Administration in collaboration with the National Safe Kids Campaign shows that residential fires can be particularly deadly for children. An analysis of that same data also shows that hot liquid burns claim an alarming number of kids' lives each year. By knowing when and where these incidents occur, it may help others from suffering the same fate.
While first- and second-degree burns may be painful, there's little chance that they'll leave you needing a surgery, with disfiguring scars, a long recovery ahead of you or dead. These are realities that third-degree burn victims face though.
Burns can be caused by fires or flames, electricity, hot liquids or steam, heated objects or chemicals. A number of factors determine whether you'll be left with minor or severe burns. If it's serious enough that it causes your skin to crack, then you may develop an infection that if left untreated, can turn into sepsis, a life-threatening condition.
One of the most severely burned LaGrange firefighters who was injured while fighting an early morning house fire on Labor Day underwent his sixth surgery at Augusta Burn Center on Sept. 26. At least 35 percent of his body was burned in the fast-spreading blaze.
If you've ever read a news story about injuries people suffered in a fire, then you've likely heard their burns classified as first, second or third degree ones. What you may not have known though is what distinguishes one from the next.
As the American Burn Association set out to commemorate National Burn Awareness Week in February, they released a report acknowledging that burn injuries are one of the top causes of unintendend bodily harm or death in this country. They also reported that the odds of an American dying from burns or fire-related injuries is close to 1 in 1,500. Firefighters aren't the only ones at risk for such injuries either.