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Research into scalds

   Research into scalds

Over the past year, RoSPA has worked with East Renfrewshire Council and COBIS to undertake preliminary research on the prevalence of scald injuries in the area, as well as the extent of first aid knowledge on burns and scalds amongst parents of young children.

In addition to gathering information, a coaster with a scald prevention message was given to each parent, as well as a fridge magnet from the STOP first aid advice.

We recently published a research report which details the method and results. You can access this online here:

Roughly one in eight respondents in the research reported that their child had been scalded in the last 12 months, while 26 per cent reported that their child had been scalded at some point in their lifetime.

These statistics highlight that burns and scalds are still a high risk for young children. In addition, the seriousness of this injury makes the topic even more important for prevention professionals.  The results of this report suggest the need for ongoing commitment in this topic area.

RoSPA provides key advice and information to help prevent burns and scalds and this can be accessed here:

The research was carried out in East Renfrewshire but provides weight to the necessity for practitioners to continue to raise the issue of potential burns and scalds with families of young children across Scotland.

The use of the coaster containing an associated prevention message could provide a useful tool to broach the subject with parents.

Carlene McAvoy, community safety development manager
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Posted: 6/19/2020 9:56:51 AM 0 comments


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