Every seventeen seconds someone will be burned. Some these burns will be minor, caused by touching off an iron or grill, or serious. The most common site of burn injury is the home. Those most prone to burn injury are children, the elderly and the disabled. Occupations that present the highest risk for burn injury include electricians, and people who work in the chemical, petroleum and food services industry.

All burns should be treated with concern. It is important to keep in mind the golden rule of burns management: If someone has a burn on their body the size of the palm of their own hand (1% TBSA), where blisters are present or suspected, this person should seek medical attention, either by going to a doctor or by referral to casualty. Extra care should always be taken where the face, hands, feet, groin, perineum, and major joints are concerned.