With National Burns Day approaching tomorrow (October 18), we want people to understand how life-changing burn injuries can be.
Every day 21 people are admitted to hospital following a serious burn or scald, with elderly and young people being most at risk.
It can quite easily be forgotten that for the people behind the statistics, their burns can have a lifetime of consequences. Ben McCabe, who was only four at the time, suffered third degree burns when a firework became stuck in his jacket. Six years on he is still dealing with the repercussions, having undergone multiple surgeries with more to follow, and has been left with lifelong body scarring.
But burns and scalds don’t just happen around fireworks and open fires, so please take some time out to think about how easily burn injuries can happen, or worse, about the consequences for you and your loved ones. Recovery may be long and painful and many are left with permanent scarring.
Hot drinks cause most scalds to children under the age of five. A child's skin is much more sensitive than an adult's and a hot drink can still scald a child 15 minutes after being made. Hot bath water is responsible for the highest number of fatal and severe scalding injuries among young children.
Here are five household tips to ensure you are taking the steps to avoid burn injuries:
- When running a bath, turn the cold water on first
- Always use rear hotplates/gas hobs and turn pan handles away from the front of the cooker
- Keep hot irons, curling tongs and hair straighteners out of reach, even when cooling down
- Put hot drinks out of reach and away from the edges of tables and worktops and never hold a hot drink and child at the same time.
- Ensure that hot water bottles are of good quality and do not show signs of wear.
We want you to be aware of the risks and understand the facts, and hopefully avoid an injury as life changing as Ben’s.
Sheila Merrill, public health adviser
Posted: 10/17/2017 1:35:57 PM