Child Safety Week – burns, scalds, and fire risks in the home


    This week - 1st – 7th June – is Child Safety Week; an annual campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented.

    And this year, the Children’s Burn’s Trust (CBT) is working alongside CAPT to raise awareness of the number of children that are seriously burned and scalded each year as many of these accidents are entirely preventable.

    With many families still spending more time at home even as the lockdown eases, being aware of these risks and taking safety measures to prevent them and keep children safe, has never been more important.
    Here are a few simple safety measures that will keep your children safer at home:

    • Remember to put your cuppa down in a safe spot out of reach of little hands that can grab as soon as your back is turned. Hot drinks are the number one cause of serious scald injuries among babies and young children. Most of us don’t realise that a hot drink can scald a baby even 15 minutes after it has been made.

    • When cooking it’s easy to get distracted. Use the back rings of the cooker and make sure to turn pan handles in. It keeps danger out of reach of those little hands.

    • To avoid horrendous bath water scalds, get into the habit of putting the cold water in first and then top up with hot. You’ll be saving your child from the risk of falling or climbing into a boiling hot bath.

    • Remember that hair straighteners can get as hot as your iron and can still burn 15 minutes after they have been switched off.

    • With so many appliances and devices on charge, make sure not to overload electricity sockets

    • What is the quickest route out of your house in a fire? Make sure you and your family all know it

    Here at Firechief, we want you to feel safe. Our mission is to work hard every day to protect lives and property from fire by providing a range of fire safety products that can be trusted to perform when the heat is on. Here is a list of recommended fire safety products for your home.

    For more information, call us on +44 (0)330 999 0019 or email

    For more information and advice on keeping your family safe at home check out the Children's Burns Trust and the Child Accident Prevention Trust

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