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Fire Service supports #BeBurnsAware and #SafeTea 2019

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is showing its support for National Burns Awareness Day 2019 on 16th October.

Date : 07 October 2019

Fire is one of the most common causes of accidental injury and death among children.

They are naturally drawn to the warmth and light of fire, but without proper guidance, this can turn into a dangerous fascination.

The following tips will help keep your children out of harm's way:

Talking to your children

Give children under five clear instructions of what they should and shouldn't do. With older children, it's better to also explain why.

You will probably need to talk about fire safety more than once, to make sure they have remembered and understood what you have taught them.

Tell them:

  • To tell a grown-up if they see matches or lighters lying around.
  • Never to play with matches, lighters or lighted candles.
  • Never to play, or leave toys, close to a fire or heater.
  • Not to put things on top of heaters or lights.
  • Not to pull on electric cables or fiddle with electrical appliances or sockets.
  • Never to switch on the cooker or put anything on top of it.
  • Never to touch any saucepans on the cooker.

Find out more about how to keep children safe from fire and burns.

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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 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 clothMake sure the patient is kept warm


“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.

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