Council help launch preventing burns and scalds campaign

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Pictured at the launch of the Preventing Burns and Scalds Campaign at Blossom Children and Young Peoples Centre at Craigavon Area Hospital are L-R Lisa McAliskey - SHSCT Community Health Improvement Officer SHSCT, Eleanor McCormick - ED Consultant, Lord Mayor, Councillor Mealla Campbell, Jonathan Henderson - Paediatric Consultant, Gillian Topping – Head of Environmental Health ABC, Lucille Lennon – PHA Health Improvement Team, Eileen Maguire – Environmental Health Business Support ABC.

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has teamed up with the Home Safety Scheme within Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to highlight the dangers of hot drinks and food around babies and young children.

The Council will be distributing specially designed posters and information cards to cafes and restaurants throughout the Borough to promote the messages around prevention of scalds’.

Dr Jonathan Henderson Paediatric Consultant for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust said: “Hot appliances, liquids and bath water are responsible for more than half of all burns and scalds, with young children being particularly vulnerable to accidents. A child’s skin is much thinner than an adult’s and so will burn or scald much more easily, even 15 minutes after a hot drink has been made”.

Dr Eleanor McCormick Emergency Department Consultant at Craigavon Hospital said: “The injury caused by a burn or scald is incredibly painful and treatment and rehabilitation can take a long time. Skin grafts are very painful and distressing, and the fallout of a serious burn or scald – the trauma, time taken off work for parents, the guilt – can affect the whole family. And of course, children can be physically scarred for life. Being more alert to the hazards can prevent many of these injuries”.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough, Councillor Mealla Campbell, said: “There are great risks to handling hot drinks around babies and young children, especially in busy coffee shops and restaurants. I would like to thank all the local food premises we will be in contact with shortly, seeking their support with this campaign and helping to promote the important message. I ask parents and anyone looking after small children to be mindful of these tips both when eating out but also around the home.”

Some of the helpful tips from the campaign are:

  • A hot drink can scald up to 15 minutes after it has been made.
  • Keep ALL hot items out of reach of children.
  • Put all drinks down before holding your baby or child.
  • Remember that soup and stews can cause scalds also.
  • When heating bottles or baby jar food, mix well and test the temperature before giving to your baby or child.

The home accident prevention video “Scarred for life” was developed by the Public Health Agency in partnership with councils in Northern Ireland to highlight how easily burns and scalds can happen, to view the video visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/burns-safety-advice

For further information and advice regarding child safety (applicable to children under 5) and accident prevention in your home, or to request a free home safety visit, please contact the Home Safety Scheme Tel: 0300 0300 900, ext 3345 or by Email: