Burns & Scalds Safety
Approximately 2,000 children annually in the UK are admitted to Hospital Accident & Emergency due to bath water scalds and 3,750 under-5s because of general burns and scalds. In the US the total annual cost of burns and scalds to children under 14 is estimated as over $2 billion. With such startling statistics, you need to take the safety advice seriously.
Burns & Scalds Safety Tips
- To avoid scalding in the bathroom always run the cold water tap/faucet first if it is separate from the hot one. Mixers are better. Twenty children per year die in the UK due to scalding in the bath and countless more have horrendous skin damage. Always test the water first with your elbow.
- Children should not have access to lighters and matches. Around 40 deaths and 1500 injuries are attributable to children playing with lighters in the European Union (EU)
- Use the rear cooking rings on your hob
- Do not use tablecloths on your kitchen table
- Don't leave any hot drinks or kettles/kettle flexes at the edge of work surfaces or tables
- Cordless kettles are safer than ones with flexes
- Keep children away from hot appliances like the toaster, oven, cooker or kettle
- When children are around, don't have hot drinks
- Do not put chairs or any other climb-able object near the cooking section of the kitchen
- Don't use chip pans at all
- Warming your baby's milk up in the microwave is dangerous as parts can be really hot
- Do not leave very hot objects e.g. irons / hair straighteners/ hairdryers plugged in or accessible to children. Switch off straight after use and put high up out of reach to cool off
- Take care with children in the sun and ensure childminders / school / nursery do the same. Always use protective clothing / suits and/or high factor suncream from a recognised reputable company
- If a person's clothes catch fire then, if it is safe to do so, douse them with water or smother/roll them to put it out.
- Seek medical advice immediately after any burns or scalds to your children
- Keep children well away from fireworks. 12-15 years olds typically are mostly at risk and this is mainly boys.
- Also if you decide to light some for your family, follow all of the safety precautions and make sure children are a large distance away and cannot accidentally run towards one when they are being ignited.