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Today is Burns Awareness Day

October 17 2018

Today, on National Burn Awareness Day 2018, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to think about fire prevention.

The vast majority of burn injuries are accidents, and whether suffered by adults, children or elderly people, most are avoidable and many occur when people attempt to extinguish fire by themselves. On National Burn Awareness Day 2018, we need to see greater awareness about prevention and good first aid, both of which are key in reducing the number of accidents

Director of Prevent and Protect, Glynn Luznyj

Figures show there were 27 burn injuries in Staffordshire between April 2017 and March 2018. Director of Prevent and Protect, Glynn Luznyj said: “On National Burn Awareness day we’re asking people to take some sensible precautions to keep themselves safe. Burn injuries can be life changing. They are extremely painful and can take a long time to heal and sometimes, never heal properly. 

“The vast majority of burn injuries are accidents, and whether suffered by adults, children or elderly people, most are avoidable and many occur when people attempt to extinguish fire by themselves. On National Burn Awareness Day 2018, we need to see greater awareness about prevention and good first aid, both of which are key in reducing the number of accidents.” 

“Most fires are preventable and there are some precautions people can take to reduce their risk of fire. I would urge everyone to take a few minutes to think about fire safety. By taking some simple steps you can prevent or reduce the risk of harm from fire. Precautions such as:

  • Installing smoke alarms on each floor and testing them regularly
  • Making and practicing Fire Escape Plans with the whole family
  • Keeping secure fire guards in front of open fires.
  • Following our advice to take care when cooking
  • Keeping flammable items away from cookers and do not cook after drinking alcohol
  • If you’re a smoker, making sure you extinguish cigarettes properly and not smoking in bed.
  • If a fire does occur – not tackling the fire – but getting yourself and your family outside and calling for the Fire and Rescue Service

“By taking some time to think about fire prevention you could be protecting yourself or your family from harm. 

“There’s a lot more information about how to stay safe from fire on our website https://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/your-safety/ 

Hundreds of NHS Services, Fire and Rescue Services, along with other organisations, come together each year on National Burn Awareness Day to raise awareness of the alarming number of people burned each and every day in the UK – the vast majority of which are preventable. The campaign also helps to promote the vital message of the importance of good first aid if a burn or scald does occur. 

Data shows the NHS burns services treated more than 15,000 patients for burns and scalds in 2017 at a cost of more than £20 million. 

There are many more scald injuries than burns. Nationally, 289 children a month require admission to an NHS Burns Service following injury with hot liquids, mainly tea and coffee spills. This figure only relates to the more serious scalds - it does not include the thousands seen by A&E departments (2017 figures).