Fires, Heat & Hot Substances


Fire, Heat, and Hot Substances refer to unintentional injuries resulting from fires, smoke, and several other hazards. An injury can occur through bodily contact with hot liquid, solid, or gas such as cooking stoves, smoke, steam, drinks, machinery, appliances, tools, radiators, and objects radiating heat energy.

Fire hazards can be found anywhere from home to school or work, and exposure to hot and flammable substances often results in negative health outcomes. Certain occupations are at an increased risk of fire, heat & hot substances related injuries. For example, firefighting is a profession that routinely encounters fire situations. Similarly, professions in the food service, agriculture, auto repair, construction, or any job handling hot substances are at a higher risk of a related injury.

In the Fire, Heat, and Hot Substances Indicator, the Netherlands, Vietnam, Indonesia, Colombia, and Switzerland perform the highest while South Sudan, Lesotho, the Central African Republic, Mongolia and Mali need most improvement.

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