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WHO plan, Burn Prevention and Care


Mortality rates due to burn injuries vary by as much as a factor of 10 across the different regions of the world. Not surprisingly, rates are lowest in high-income countries where, as a result of a range of interventions such as promotion of the use of smoke detectors, the lowering of temperatures of hot water heaters, the installation of sprinkler systems, and the promotion of flame-retardant children’s sleepwear, as well as the development of safer buildings and household fuels and appliances, the number of deaths due to burns, both fire-related burns and other forms of burn injury, has been drastically reduced over recent decades. Progress in this area has been assisted by improved data gathering systems, new and more stringent legislation, social marketing and advocacy.

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