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How to prevent burns and scalds

First aid for burns and scalds and how to be #BurnsAware

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First aid for burns and scalds

Good first aid following a burn or scald can make a huge difference to recovery times and the severity of scarring. It’s effective even up to three hours after burning.

COOL the burn with running cool tap water for 20 minutes.  Remove any clothing, jewellery or nappies (unless melted or firmly stuck to the wound).  Do not apply ice, butter or toothpaste.

CALL for help – NHS 111 or local GP for advice. In an emergency dial 999.

COVER the cooled burn with loose cling film or a clean, non-fluffy cloth.  Keep the patient warm.

 

How to prevent burns and scalds

  • Avoid overfilling kettles.

  • Keep kettles, irons, hair straighteners or wires out of reach of children.

  • Avoid carrying kettles and hot drinks near children, and keep out of reach of children.

  • Make sure saucepan handles are always turned inwards to keep them out of children’s reach. 

  • Never leave cooking unattended. 

  • Set hot water thermostat to 46⁰, always run cold water into the bath first – test the temperature.

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7502 children were seriously burned or scalded (Children’s Burns Trust - 2017)

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The infographic (left) shows the top four reasons children and babies suffered burns or scalds and the top four places that burns or scalds occur.

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