Burns from heating appliances up 24%

Admissions of children and older people with burn injuries from heating appliances have increased by a quarter, according to CIPHE research.

The CIPHE marked National Burn Awareness Day in October by releasing data showing contact burns from heating appliances had skyrocketed by 25% and scalding incidents from taps rose by 9% during 2018-19. Finished consultant episodes for heating burns were up by 24% from 838 to 1,042. Early indications are that the number of cases has already increased this year, in part due to the COVID-19 outbreak which meant more people have been at home.

Kevin Wellman, chief executive officer, said, “With the elderly often living alone, in older homes with outdated plumbing, those who may have to shield in a second wave of Covid-19 are at particular risk. This, amongst a background of weak legislation on TMVs and poor public knowledge, is likely to lead to further avoidable burn and scald injuries.”

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