Wednesday 13th October is National Burn Awareness Day.
The Children’s Burns Trust works alongside the British Burn Association to raise awareness and grow the momentum of National Burn Awareness Day each year. Across the board scalds in children and adults are the most common cause of burn injury, representing 43% of acute burn injuries
It is estimated that on average 110 children per day are seen in emergency departments with burn injuries – 46 as a result of a hot cup of tea or coffee spill.
This October, the Children’s Burns Trust are asking people to give up tea or coffee for the month or donate the money they would spend on their daily coffee to support the organisation in reducing this number. You can donate here STOPTEABER – from The Children’s Burns Trust – JustGiving
A burn injury is for life. The scars are both physical and psychological and can present life-long challenges for the individual and their family. Being burned or scalded can mean years of painful treatment and, in the worst cases, hundreds of operations to release the scar tissue.
Prevention and good first aid is key to reducing the number of burns and scalds and makes a huge difference in recovery times.
Two important pieces of First aid advice from The British Burn Association which are well worth remembering are:
COOL, CALL, COVER
- Cool the burn with running cold tap water for 20 minutes and remove all clothing and jewellery (unless it is melted or firmly stuck to the wound)
- Call for help for any burn larger than a 50p coin – 999, 111 or local GP for advice
- Cover with cling film or a sterile, non-fluffy dressing or cloth.
Make sure the patient is kept warm
STOP, DROP, ROLL
“Stop, drop and roll” is used when clothing catches fire.
It is worth being aware that the majority of burn injuries occurring to children are between 3 and 6pm and the most common place of injury for children is in the home – 49% of whom are burnt in the kitchen.
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