What Causes Different Burns?
Not all burns are caused by fire (thermal burns). In fact, it’s not even the leading cause of burns:
Chemical Burns – These happen when the skin comes in contact with strong acids or alkaloids. It’s extremely important to wash any chemical off the skin as soon as possible, and remove any clothing or jewelry that may have had contact with a burning agent. Some of these dangerous chemicals can even be found in your home, like bleach, paint thinner and plumbing products.
Electrical Burns – These burns happen when a current passes through a person’s body. If strong enough, the electricity can burn the skin and even cause internal damage.
Scald Burns – These are the most common cause of burns, and happen when hot water burns the skin. These burns send thousands of children to hospitals every year. Remember, hot water can quickly cause serious and painful burns if it’s not handled properly.
Thermal burns – These are the burns caused by direct contact with flames, hot objects or steam. Most thermal burns happen at home, but they’re also common among construction workers and other careers that have frequent contact with tar or asphalt.