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Burns and Scalds

“Injuries are Predictable and Preventable”

Children are particularly vulnerable to burns because their skin is thinner than an adult’s skin. A child’s skin burns 4 times more quickly and deeply than an adult’s at the same temperature.

Fact:

Scalds are the types of burn injuries that most often send children to hospital. Young children under the age of five suffer 83% of all scald injuries requiring hospital admission. Spilled tea, coffee, soup and hot tap water are the leading causes of this painful and potentially serious injury.

What Can I Do?

  • Keep your child away from hot liquids
  • Reduce the hot water temperature in your home - lower the hot water tank to 49C.
  • Keep your child safety out of the way when cooking
  • Use a cup with a tight fitting lid, like a travel mug.
  • Keep cords from your kettle and other appliances out of your child’s reach.
  • Always check the temperature of the water before bathing your child.  

Fact:

An estimated 40 children under the age of 14 die from fires and other burns each year. Another 770 are hospitalized for serious injuries. Smoke alarms are a proven way to prevent injuries and death from fires.

What Can I Do?

  • Choose the correct smoke alarms and ensure they are installed properly.
  • Check smoke alarms regularly and replace batteries. Many people do this when they change their clocks in the spring and fall.
  • Keep lighters and matches out of sight and out of reach.
  • Place barriers around fireplaces.
  • Teach children about the dangers of fire, and supervise.

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Page Last Modified: Tuesday, 26 November 2013.