World health organization

10 facts on injuries and violence

A young girl cooking over an open stove.
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Every year over 300 000 people die from fire-related burns. Millions more are left with lifelong disabilities and disfigurements from such injuries, and often suffer from resulting stigma. Burns are the only form of injury that kill more women than men. Elevated cooking stoves, smoke detectors, regulation of water heater temperatures and flame resistant children's sleepwear are proven injury prevention techniques.

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