Accidents in the kitchen are consistently in the top 4 sources of burns nationally for children injured by burns.
In 2023, there were 446 children admitted to an NHS Burns Service due to injuries related to kettle spills. This does not include the many more who were treated in A&E departments.
It’s astonishing just how easily a young child can badly burn themselves. But because their skin is thinner and more delicate than an adult’s, a baby or toddler is at greater risk of serious burns.
Most young children are burnt at home, when accidents can easily happen, for example by reaching for a cord hanging off the counter or grabbing a hot drink. Keep kettles and their cords out of the reach of little hands.
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.
First Aid advice
Burns happen in the blink of an eye. Would you know what to do if your child pulled a kettle off the counter? As part of Child Safety Week 2022 we teamed up with The Child Accident Prevention Trust to deliver an Instagram Live on burns prevention and first aid. We discussed: * Why burn injuries are so common in children * Common causes of burn injuries * Steps you can take to prevent burns * What you should do if an accident occurs.Child Safety Week
Our inspiring burn survivors help us to highlight the shocking number of burns and scalds which are happening to children everyday. We thank them all for their wonderful support.
#BeBurnsAware reached 1.3m people around National Burn Awareness Day 2022
children a day are burned by hot drinks
children were burned or scalded in 2022