13th of October marks National Burns Day ; Prevention and good first aid are key to reducing the number of burns and scalds occurring in the UK every single day.


A burn injury is for life. The scars are physical as well as psychological, and can present life-long challenges for the individual and their families. What many people don’t know is that children and the elderly are the most vulnerable, and the majority of injuries occur as a result of an accident that could so easily have been prevented.


The CB Trust have created these handy tips on how to stay safe if you or someone  you know is at risk of


Safety Guidance in the Home



Install smoke alarms on each floor and test regularly

Keep hot drinks out of reach of babies and young children

Make and practice Fire Escape Plans with the whole family

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

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




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 in the kitchen, bathroom or near fires and heaters



Prevention of hot drink burns is easy using simple SafeTea rules:

Keep hot drinks out of reach of young children

Never carry a hot drink whilst carrying a baby

Never pass a hot drink over the heads of young children


Ways to keep hot drinks away from children:

Place hot drinks at the back of the kitchen surface

Don’t place a hot drink on a table cloth or cloth that hangs down so that a small child can reach and pull it down

Make a safe place… a SafeTea zone for hot drinks… in your home where you and members of the family and visitors can keep hot drinks from young children

Avoid drinking hot drinks around small children

Always remind visitors to your home to ‘Keep hot drinks out of reach of the young children’



For more information , please visit – www.cbtrust.org.uk