The app which teaches kids to recognise danger at home
Laura was just a few weeks away from her second birthday when she wandered into the bathroom where her parents had poured a hot bath. She was alone. She clambered onto the bath side and fell in. She was badly scalded. She suffered second degree burns to 40% of her body. She was bandaged from the neck down and spent four weeks in plastic surgery and several more in pediatrics.
She was scarred for life.*
“I spent my whole life feeling alone. That I was a freak (monster) having these scars. I spent my youth being bullied, stared at and even dumped from previous relationships due to my scars.”
The bathroom can be one of the most dangerous of places but it need not be so and the Bathroom Manufacturers Association together with the Children’s Burns Trust is pushing hard to raise awareness of the dangers of uncontrolled hot water.
“This awful accident need not have happened,” says Yvonne Orgill, Chief Executive of the BMA. “It really made me mad when I heard what had happened to Laura. That poor girl has been scarred for life. It’s truly awful but the bathroom can be as safe as anywhere if a simple and inexpensive device, called a Thermostatic Mixing Valve, is fitted into the plumbing system. TMVs are life savers. Every home should have one. Laura need not have suffered.”
With the help of Amanda Redman MBE, patron of the Children’s Burns Trust, the BMA recently launched a high profile campaign to stop scalding accidents. The campaign is pushing hard to raise awareness of the dangers of hot water.
“We are really pleased with the progress so far,” says Orgill. “The bathroom and kitchen industry is getting right behind the campaign to eliminate scalding - forever.”
To mark October’s Burn Awareness Day the BMA and CBT launched an all-new and unique educational app for smart phones. Called simply “Hotspots” the app teaches kids of all ages to recognise possible scalding dangers in the home. The app focuses on hot water and the importance of the Hot Water Burns Like Fire campaign. This first edition of the game visits Benji’s house and, using facts and statistics from the Children’s Burns Trust, teaches children, in a ‘fun-ucational’ way, the seriousness of scalding. MORE HERE >
Laura’s was a terrible accident but would not have happened if the plumbing system in her home had been fitted with a TMV. These devices regulate the hot water pouring from taps to a safe temperature. They are required by law to be fitted to the bath in newly-built homes but existing homes are not covered by this law. The Hot Water Burns Like Fire campaign aims to raise awareness of the need for TMVs to be retro-fitted to the plumbing systems in existing properties. And to save lives.
*True story. Laura now wants to train to be a specialist burns nurse.
Bathroom Manufacturers Association - www.bathroom-association.org/
Children’s Burns Trust - www.cbtrust.org.uk
Hot Water Burns Like Fire campaign – www.hotwaterburns.org