Data system for clothing fires involving children

09/12/2003

The U.S. CPSC recently announced the launching of the National Burn Center Reporting System

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced the launching of the National Burn Center Reporting System which is intended to enhance the agency's collection of clothing-related burn data involving children under 15 years of age.

Approximately 110 burn centres in the U.S. will report to CPSC incidents involving the ignition, melting or smouldering of clothing worn by children. CPSC staff will then conduct follow-up investigations. The new system was developed in co-operation with the American Burn Association and Shriners' Hospitals for Children.

According to NEISS, an estimated 15,165 children under 15 years old were treated for clothing-related thermal burn injuries in U.S. hospital emergency rooms from 1990 through 2001 (or approximately 1,264 children a year).

Source: Product Safety & Liability Reporter (Vol. 31, No. 40)

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