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or healthcare professionals the winter months are
commonly known as "burns season". It is the time of
year when the number of burn-related injuries could spike
as people increasingly use open fires, paraffin, gas and
electric heaters to stay warm.
The World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that over
96% of all fatal fire-related deaths occur in low to middle
income countries, with burns estimated to account for
180 000 deaths globally every year. Annually, over a milion
people in Africa are affected by a burn-related injury, while
globally 18% of hospital admissions are as a result of burn
According to emergency medical services provider,
Netcare 911, most burns in South Africa are caused by heat
sources such as hot water or fire, and occur mainly in the
home and workplace. Children often sustain burns in the
kitchen or bathroom, while burns in the workplace are often
due to fire, scalding, chemical and electrical burns
"Children are naturally inquisitive and as soon as they
become mobile or start walking, they begin exploring
their environment. This could result in them pulling down
pots or kettles filled with boiling hot water, touching hot
objects such as stovetops or playing with fire, matches or
candles," says David Stanton, head of clinical leadership at
Netcare 911. "House fires are often caused by candles or
paraffin lamps left unattended and Primus stove explosions.
Electrical burns are also seen fairly often.
AS WINTER RARIDIY APPROACHES THE RISK OE BURN INJURIES INCREASES
suppiied By Neicare 9