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Massachusett Burn Injury Reporting System 2013 Annual Report

Massachusett Burn Injury Reporting System 2013 Annual Report

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Fire marshal report on burn injuries in Massachusetts.
Fire marshal report on burn injuries in Massachusetts.

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8% of Burn Victims Were Between 55-64 Years Old

Thirty-five (35), or 8% of the burns reported in 2013 were incurred by people between the ages
of 55 and 64. Twenty-three (23), or 66% of the victims were men, and 12, or 34% were women.
One (1), or 3%, of the 35 burn injuries incurred by people between 55 and 64 years old was
reported to be work-related; this burn injury occurred to a man. People of this age group
represent 12% of the total population of Massachusetts but only received 8% of the burns in
2013.

2%

10%

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22%

28%

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15%

20%

25%

30%

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Contact

Fire

Explosion

Flame

Scalds

Leading Causes of Burns to People Ages 45 to 54

Massachusetts Burn Injury Reporting System (M-BIRS) 2013 Annual Report
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Scalds Were the Leading Causes of Burns

Scalds caused 14, or 40% of the burn injuries to people between the ages of 55 and 64. Cooking
activities caused 10 of these burns; cooking liquids caused six, unspecified cooking acts caused
two, and hot food and a pressure cooker each caused one of these burns. Hot tap water caused
two of these burns, and a hot beverage and steam each caused one scald burn injury to this age
group in 2013.

Flame burns accounted for 10, or 29% of the injuries to this age group. Smoking on oxygen
caused five burn injuries to this age group. Three (3) of these injuries involved cooking
activities; one involved hot food, another involved a stove and the other an unspecified cooking
act. A chemical and a self-immolation each caused one flame burn injury to someone in this age
group.

Burns from fires caused six injuries to people between the ages of 55 and 64 years of age in
2013, accounting for 17% of these injuries. Four (4) were injured in house fires, and two were
injured in camp or bon fires.

Burns from explosions, fires and flame burns each caused five, or 14%, of the injuries to this age
group. A chemical, gasoline, propane, welding and an unknown event were each the cause of one
of these burn injuries.

14%

17%

29%

40%

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10%

20%

30%

40%

50%

Explosion

Fire

Flame

Scalds

Leading Causes of Burns to People Ages 55 to 64

Massachusetts Burn Injury Reporting System (M-BIRS) 2013 Annual Report
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