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   National Burn Awareness Day     18 October, 2017

Fire safety messages: 

  • Remember to keep things that can cause fire – candles, matches and lighters – or are hot – kettles, irons and hair straighteners – out of children’s reach.
  • Make sure children don’t play near fires or heaters to avoid them getting burnt.
  • Use the back hobs on the stove and make sure saucepan handles don’t stick out to avoid them being knocked off.
  • Never leave children unattended in the kitchen.
  • Fit a childproof guard in front of open fires or heaters – the best ones can be fixed to the wall.
  • Clothing will always burn if in contact with naked flames – but some much faster than others.
  • If your or your children’s clothes catch fire, stop, drop and roll.  Don’t run around, you’ll make the flames worse.  Lie down and roll around to make it harder for the fire to spread and smother the flames with a heavy material, like a coat or blanket.

Burn first aid:

  • Cool, call and cover!
  • 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 – 999 in an emergency, or 111 or local GP for non-emergency advice,
  • Cover with cling film or a sterile, non-fluffy dressing or cloth.  Make sure the patient is kept warm.
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