Burn injuries are most often caused by coming into contact with fire
but can also be caused by chemicals (such as acids) that can penetrate the
skin, hot liquids (scalding), heated metals (such as a stove top), or electricity.
Burn injuries are most common in children younger than 5 years and in people
aged 65 years and older. The August 13, 2003, issue of JAMA includes
an article about treating burn injuries.