Friday, 14 October 2016

National Burns Awareness Day 2016

There's no doubt that it's getting colder outside all of a sudden, so what will be your favourite way of keeping cosy this winter? A hot bubble bath perhaps or a steaming mug of tea or coffee? When finding ways to stay warm in our homes and workplaces, it's easy to forget the potential dangers presented to us by scalding, yet last year around 37% of all burns occurred this way.

National Burns Awareness Day
Running for the third time this year on Wednesday 19th October, National Burns Awareness Day, which is coordinated by the British Burn Association, is aiming to raise awareness of the potential dangers at home and at work which may result in burn injuries and is encouraging communities to take part in events and activities to share advice on burn treatment and prevention. In support of the campaign, we've compiled a list of essential tips to protect yourself and those around you from suffering from painful and potentially life threatening burns:

  • Consider adding thermostatic mixing valves to high risk plumbing equipment such as baths and showers to mix the hot water temperature to below 48 degrees C.
  • Install special bath spouts and shower heads that prevent scalding by sensing if water gets too hot and shutting off the flow of water.
  • Always test bathwater before placing your child in the bathtub, and help them to get in. When running a bath, put cold water into the bath first and then add the hot water, using your elbows to test the temperature.
  • Never leave a child under 5 unattended in a bathtub, not even for a moment.
  • When cooking, try to use the rings at the back of the hob and turn saucepan handles towards the back or centre of the stove so that children can't grab them and tip the pots over.
  • Similarly, don't use a kettle with a cord which could dangle over the side of the work surface and be grabbed.
  • Ideally keep toddlers and young children out of the kitchen altogether, for example, by putting a safety gate across the doorway.
  • Never warm baby bottles in the microwave - they may heat unevenly and burn your baby's mouth.
  • Use mugs or coffee cups with lids when you're around children and keep hot liquids like soup, coffee or tea away from the edge of counters and tables.

Cool, call, cover
The majority of burns are preventable, but sometimes accidents do happen. With data suggesting that only 1 in 3 people with a burn injury received the appropriate First Aid treatment prior to being admitted to hospital, be sure to follow the 3 C's (COOL, CALL, COVER) in the event of suffering a burn:
  • Cool the burn with 20 minutes of cool, running water. Do not use ice, butter, aloe vera, toothpaste or ointments, which could cause further damage.
  • Call for help. Ideally medical attention should be sought while the burn is still being cooled.
  • Cover the burn with clingfilm. This protects the burn from infection whilst stopping the wound from drying out. Cells that dry out will die, delaying the healing process.

For the installation of thermostatic mixing valves or other plumbing work in your home, be sure to always call a quality plumber. Search for one in your local area via the APHC website, at http://www.aphc.co.uk/find_an_installer.asp.


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