Feb. 5-11 is Burn Awareness Week in B.C.
The annual campaign is initiated by the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund to promote awareness about the risks of burns, specifically to children.
The target is to remove or reduce the potential hazards of burns in order to prevent burns in the home.
“The Campbell River Fire Department reminds community members that scald burns account for the highest number of burns to children, and it’s important to keep children safe from hot liquids that produce these types of burns,” said deputy fire chief Thomas Doherty.
Important safety tips:
- Hot water at 60 degrees Celsius can scald and burn within seconds, always test the water temperature for your child before letting them into the bath or shower
- When using water taps turn cold water on first then add hot water and adjust the temperature. Do the opposite when turning off taps.
- Check the temperature setting on your water heater. Could it be lowered?
- Be very careful drinking hot liquids around children. Children and seniors, by virtue of their thinner skin, sustain severe burns at lower temperatures and in less time than adults.
- Cool burns immediately by immersing in cold water for at least 10 minutes. Never use ice or ointments. Call 911 if someone has suffered a severe burn.
- Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
- Discuss good fires and bad fires and how matches and lights are to be used in a responsible manner.
- Instruct children to stay away from adults who are busy preparing food, carrying pots or using appliances. Adults should always turn pot handles inward when cooking. This will prevent children from pulling how food down on themselves.
- Discuss the dangers of the stove. Teach children never to touch anything or open the oven.
- Teach and practice stop, drop and roll.