Burn Statistics

Burn Statistics

Burn injuries continue to be a significant problem in the United States, and they are second to motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of accidental death. The below statistics can speak to just how large the problem is:

  • 450,000 people received treatment for burn injuries in 2011. This figure doesn’t include people who suffered from a burn injury but did not seek treatment
  • 3,500 people died from fire or burn deaths. 3,000 of these deaths were from residential fires, while the other 500 deaths resulted from other sources such as electrical, thermal, or chemical burns
  • Approximately 55% of the 450,000 people burned in 2011 were admitted to one of 125 burn centers that exist in the United States (hospitals with special facilities for burn care)
  • Burn centers averaged around 200 admissions in 2011. 70% of these admissions were male, and 30% were female. The survival rate was approximately 96%

(Source: American Burn Association)

Children and Burn Injuries

  • 85% of fires that injure or kill children occur in a residence
  • Scald and contact burns are the most common cause of burn-related injuries in the majority of hospitalized children age four and under
  • Fires kill more than 600 children under the age of 14 yearly; 47,000 children are injured, but survive
  • Scald burns from tap water cause more deaths than any other hot liquid
  • 2/3 of residential fires that result in the death of children occur in homes without a working smoke detector
  • Residential fires are most likely to start in sleeping or living areas and commonly occur during the winter months
  • Children age five and under are more than twice as likely to die in a residential fire than any other age group

(Source: National Safe Kids Campaign; United States Fire Administration)

Work-Related Burn Injuries:

  • Work-related fatalities resulting from fires have more than doubled, from 53 in 2009 to 109 in 2010 — the highest count since 2003.
  • The number of fatal work injuries resulting from fires and explosions rose from 113 in 2009 to 187 in 2010, an increase of 65%. The increase was led by an increase of 106 percent in fatalities resulting from fires, which rose from 53 in 2009 to 109 in 2010. Of the 187 fatalities involving fires and explosions, 82 occurred in multiple fatality incidents

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011)