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Burn Accident Statistics

Each year hundreds of people lose their lives in fires or as a result of suffering burn injuries, and thousands more suffer serious burn injuries. Burn injuries are costly, painful, and result in life altering scars and financial difficulties.


Below are some statistics regarding burn injuries in the United States each year.

  • There are over 2 million burn injuries reported in the United States each year
  • Burn injuries are in the top five most common reasons of accidental death in the United States
  • Fires kill over 500 children under the age of 14 each year, making them the leading cause of accidental death for children
  • Burns are the most expensive accidental injuries to treat
  • Fire related deaths are most commonly caused by smoke inhalation
  • Scalding tap water is the leading cause in liquid burns
  • Home cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires
  • Young children are at the highest risk of suffering a home burn
  • Heat burns typically result in roughly one lost week of work