The aim of the day is to raise awareness of how to prevent burns as well as what to do if they do happen. Children along with the elderly are especially vulnerable to burns and scalds as their skin is thinner and therefore burns quicker. Over 600 children a month require admission to an NHS Burns Service following a burn or scald injury and thousands more are seen by A&E departments. The highest number of burns and scalds are due to hot drinks, which can still scald a child's skin 15 minutes after being made.
If someone is burnt, the advice from the British Burn Association is to Cool, Call and Cover:
- Cool the burn with running cold tap water for 20 minutes and remove all clothing and jewellery (unless it is melted or firmly stuck to the wound)
- Call for help: 999, 111 or local GP for advice
- Cover with cling film or a sterile, non-fluffy dressing or cloth. Make sure the patient is kept warm.