The majority of burns are PREVENTABLE and by being aware and making small changes, you can help to keep you and your family safe!
The most common type of burn injury for children aged 0–5 years is scalds. A scald is a burn caused by hot liquid or steam.
Most scald burns in this age group are due to young children mimicking adult behaviour. This frequently results in burn injuries caused by pulling down hot drinks off tables, reaching up to grab handles of saucepans or by playing with the taps in the bath.
The most common cause of burn injury for adolescents is through fire use and misuse. Older children and young adults have a greater access to dangerous substances including accelerants which aid the spread of fire.
Many burns occur when experimenting with materials and accelerants or ‘testing the
boundaries’ with high risk activities.
To learn more about how to prevent burns to adolescents download our Burns Safety and Adolescents brochure.
It is important to cool a burn immediately to stop the burn from becoming more severe. If the burn is bigger than a 20c piece then seek medical attention
Do not use ice or icy water, creams, butter, oil, toothpaste or any other ointment to try and cool down the burn.