The American Burn Association will mark the week of Feb. 1-7 as Burn Awareness Week, a time dedicated to spreading knowledge about these serious injuries and how to prevent them.

The focus of this year’s campaign is scald injury prevention. In the U.S. and Canada, more than 500,000 people every year are treated for burn injuries. Of these, approximately half are from scalding.

Most scalding accidents occur in the home, but the Houston lawyers for personal injury at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris know burns all types are also common in the workplace and in conjunction with vehicle accidents.

Scald Injury Prevention in the Home

Scalds are largely preventable injuries that are particularly prominent among young children, the elderly and people with disabilities. These high risk groups are also more likely to require hospitalization after a burn injury, suffer a complication, and have a difficult time recovering.

To avoid scald injuries, you should:

  • Set your water heater thermostat to no higher than 128 degrees.
  • Always supervise young children in or near the tub and around the stove/oven.
  • Avoid flushing toilets, running water, or turning on the dishwasher/washing machine when someone is showering.
  • Cook on back burners, with pot handles turned back away from the stove edge.
  • Place hot items out of the oven or off the stove out of children’s reach.
  • Never carry or drink hot liquids while holding a child.

Burn Injuries at Work

When it comes to workplace injuries, burns can be some of the most severe, life-affecting injuries. More than 200 U.S. workers die annually from workplace burn injuries, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

These injuries are of a particular risk to workers in refineries, offshore rigs, chemical plants and construction environments, but they can occur just about anywhere. Common injuries in the workplace include:

  • Burn injuries from working with or near an open flame
  • Electrical burns due to contact with power lines or exposed wiring
  • Chemical burns from exposure to toxic and hazardous materials
  • Thermal burns from hot or scalding steam

The Houston burn injury attorneys at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers have helped many workers injured as a result of negligence to recover compensation. Contact them today at (713) 364-0723 to schedule a free consultation.