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National Burns Awareness Day 2018

Did you know that 7,502 children were seriously burned or scalded in 2017, and that most of these injuries were avoidable being caused by hot drinks, cooking appliances and hair straighteners.

Burns Awareness Day (17 October) is a national day to highlight the importance of keeping yourself and your loved ones safe from harm.

Firefighters from Dunstable Red Watch will be at Houghton Regis Leisure Centre between 3pm and 5.30pm on Wednesday 17 October to talk to members of the public about how they can prevent burn and scald injuries, with particular focus on how to keep children safe from every day hazards as the winter months approach.

The crew will be providing free safety information and first aid advice and would love to answer any questions you may have. There will also be expert knowledge on hand from the Children’s Burns Trust.

Come along to meet the crew for a chat and find out what small steps you can take to prevent your child from becoming a statistic.

Keep your family safe:

  • Keep hot drinks out of reach of babies and young children
  • Run COLD water first in the bath or sink before adding hot water – test the temperature
  • Install thermostatic mixing valves in all hot water outlets
  • 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
  • Ensure the stoppers on hot water bottles are firmly attached and that the rubber has not perished or weakened
  • Check the temperature of wheat filled heating pads before using with children
  • Keep secure fire screens in front of open fires, heaters & radiators
  • Store matches and lighters out of reach
  • Store chemicals, cleaners and acids out of reach Install smoke alarms on each floor and test regularly
  • Make and practice Fire Escape Plans with the whole family


  • 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
  • Allow children near fireworks
  • Leave children unattended