Burns & scalds

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Burns and scalds are the fourth leading cause of death in the European Union for children. Young children are especially vulnerable to burns and scalds because their skin is thinner than adults and can suffer serious burns more quickly. For more facts on burns and scalds, see our factsheets below.

Related resources

Current EU national level policy on burns and scalds

Further charts are available in the Child Safety Report Card 2012: Europe Summary for 31 Countries (PDF 9mb).

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Good practices for prevention: proven effective prevention measures

This chart is taken from the Child Safety Good Practice Guide.

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