Sir.—We recently reviewed our experience with a well-defined group of children to help identify the patient population at risk of thermal injury from contact with hot embers and ashes. Charts were reviewed for all children admitted to the Tampa Bay (Fla) Regional Burn Center between January 1986 and May 1991 who had been burned by hot embers or ashes. The following information was noted: patient sex and age, total body surface area burned, body parts burned, location of heat source, seasonal distribution of burn injuries, persons responsible for starting the fire, necessary treatment, need for grafting, presence of complications, length of hospital stay, and level of function after treatment.
Patient Reports.—Thirty-four children with burn wounds from hot embers and ashes were identified from medical charts. All were younger than age 16 years (median, 30 months; range, 11 months to 12 years 3 months). Twenty-four patients (71%) were younger