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Keeping Kids Safe from Burns

Burns are a common cause of children's injuries, typically resulting from hot water, flames, hot surfaces, chemicals and electrical appliances.

A recently released, long-term study, conducted by Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio found that from 1990 to 2006 (the most recent statistics available), more than 2 million children were treated in hospital emergency departments for burn-related injuries.

The good news from the 17-year study: Researchers saw a 31-percent decrease in the rate of burn-related injuries. The bad news is that children are still being injured from burns – about 120,000 each year.

"The decrease in the burn-related injury rate over the study period is notable," says study author Lara McKenzie, Ph.D., principal investigator at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital. "However, the disproportionately high number of injuries, and the severity of these burns to young children, is still cause for concern."

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