Burns are among the top causes of catastrophic injuries and accidental deaths in the United States. According to the American Burn Injury Association, hundreds of thousands of injured persons are rushed to the emergency rooms yearly for non-fatal or fatal burns.
Types of Burn Injuries in Florida
Burns are of varying degrees from first to fourth degree. Fourth-degree burns are the most severe and penetrate through to the muscle, bones, and even organs. Third-degree burns usually require hospitalization since they affect the deepest skin layers. First and second-degree burns may not require hospitalization, but they can be extremely painful too. These are a few common causes of accidental burns in Florida:
- Boat accidents
- Home fires
- Business/retail fires
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Workplace explosions/fires
- Construction site fires
Thermal burns from chemical accidents and explosions are the most common cause of workplace burns.