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Burns awareness

Our friends at Mini First Aid share their first aid advice for treating a burn or a scald and their top tips for burn prevention.

A significant proportion of burns and scalds are among children under the age of 5 where the most prevalent cause of injury is from hot liquids, such as tea and coffee spills and liquids on the stove. Accidents like these are entirely preventable. (Source: Burns Trust)

289 children a month require admission to an NHS Burns Service following injury with hot liquids. (International Burn Injury Database (iBID) 2017/18).

Mini First Aid Advice for the treatment of Burns & Scalds

  1. Cool the burn with running cold tap water for at least 10 minutes and preferably 20 minutes.
  2. Remove any clothing and jewellery near the burn (unless it is melted or firmly stuck to the wound).
  3. Cover with cling film or a sterile non-fluffy dressing or cloth. Make sure the patient is kept warm.
  4. If necessary call for help – 999 or 111.

Following our first aid advice for a burn or scald can make an enormous difference in recovery times and the severity of scarring.


  • Use a stove guard in the kitchen.
  • Keep hot drinks out of reach of babies and young children.
  • Keep saucepans at the back of the stove NOT near the front – turn handles to the back.
  • Keep kettles, irons, hair straighteners or wires out of reach.
  • Install smoke alarms on each floor and test regularly.
  • Run COLD water first in the bath or sink before adding hot water – test the temperature
  • Store matches and lighters out of reach
  • Store chemicals, cleaners and acids out of reach and in a locked cupboard.
  • Attend a Mini First Aid Class to learn life saving first aid skills.



  • Drink hot drinks while nursing/holding a baby or child
  • Put a baby or child into a bath or sink until the water has been tested
  • Warm baby bottles in the microwaves
  • Leave hair straighteners unattended
  • Allow children near BBQs or garden chemicals
  • Leave children unattended in the kitchen or near fires and heaters

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