Prevention and good first aid are key to reducing the number of burns and scalds occurring in the UK every single day.
A burn injury is for life. The scars are physical as well as psychological and can present life-long challenges for the individual and their families.
What many people don’t know is that children and the elderly are the most vulnerable, and the majority of injuries occur as a result of an accident that could so easily have been prevented.
On this year’s National Burn Awareness Day we are supporting the #SafeTea Campaign which aims to prevent serious burns (scalds) from mugs of hot tea or coffee and to ensure that parents/carers know how to give burns first aid.
COOL, CALL, COVER
FIRST AID ADVICE FROM THE BRITISH BURN ASSOCIATION
- 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. Children can get confused about when to stop, drop and roll. It is important to know when to do this. Children who do not have a good understanding of stop, drop and roll will sometimes do this if they burn a finger or need to get outside if the smoke alarm sounds.
Only use stop, drop and roll when clothing catches fire.
Thank you for supporting National Burn Awareness Day 2019.