Over 7,000 children were admitted to hospital in 2015 with burn injuries, many with scalds.
Three quarters of them were under the age of 5.
MESSAGE FROM PAUL FULLER
Paul Fuller, Chief Fire Officer of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Children’s Burns Trust Chair of Trustees says:
“A shocking number of people suffer accidental burns each and every day. Over 7,000 children were admitted to hospital in 2015 with burn injuries, many with scalds. Three quarters of them were under the age of 5.
“So many of these accidents are preventable: being aware of the potential hazards in your home is the first step, then acting to stop these risks leading to serious injuries.
“Remember, young children don’t know to pull away from heat, and a baby’s skin is 15 times thinner than an adult’s - a burn or scald at this age could need years of repeated surgery as the child grows, because scarred tissue does not grow with them. We need to make sure that we protect them, and to do this, we need to recognise that everyday things such as running baths, leaving hair straighteners or saucepans unattended, and even having a cuppa, can be potential dangers to children.
“There are so many small steps that you can take to help keep your child safe. For example, always put hot drinks out of reach of children: even a drink that has been standing for fifteen minutes can scald a baby or toddler in just a few seconds.
“When you run a bath, put cold water in first, then top up with hot, and never, ever, leave babies or young children alone in the bath. Cover any low-level hot pipes with insulating material if you can, in case children fall against them.
“Keep matches, lighters, and candles out of children’s reach and, ideally, safely away out of sight; and make sure you have a secure fire guard around a fire or heater.
“And remember that heated appliances – whether irons or hair straighteners, will retain heat after you’ve used them. Your child could be burned if they touch them – even if they’ve been unplugged for over half an hour!”