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Burn Safety

Burns are among the most devastating and painful injuries for children.  Last year, over 850 children were treated for burns at Children’s National Medical Center.  Over 250 of those kids required hospitalization to treat their injuries.

Most burns can been prevented with a few simple steps.  Children’s National Medical Center and the DC Department of Health encourage you to examine the information on these pages, and take steps to protect your family from unintended injury.


Burn Prevention Tips
Randall Burd, MD, Chief of Emergency Trauma and Burn Services, shares tips to help parents prevent burn injury.

Burn Risks and Prevention
Martin Eichelberger,MD pediatric surgeon and director of Children’s National’s Burn Unit, discusses the most common sources...

Burn Treatment
Lisa Ring, certified Nurse Practitioner in the Burn Unit tells parents how to treat a burn when it occurs, and when to see a doctor.

Burn Safety - TV spot
Dr. Joseph Wright, CHAI narrates television spot with tip on burn prevention in the home.

Related links

 Burn safety resources for families
 Children's National Emergency Trauma and Burn Services Department
 Children's National Division of Emergency Medicine
 Children's National Emergency Communication and Information Center (ECIC)
Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC)
  What are Burns?
  Presentation: Scald Injury Prevention (PDF)
  Website: Safe Kids Fire and Burn safety

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