National Burn Awareness Day 2020

NBAD Facebook Supporting 2020

Prevention and good first aid are key to reducing the number of burns and scalds occurring in the UK every single day.  

The National Fire Chiefs Council will be continuing its support for National Burn Awareness Day (NBAD) which takes place on Wednesday 14th October. They day aims to raise awareness of the ongoing problem of burns and scalds injuries which often occur in the home and are often preventable and can result in life long and life changing injuries. 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.

This year the day will also highlight a concerning correlation between social deprivation and the number of children sustaining life-altering burn injuries.  Children living in areas of social deprivation in England & Wales are FOUR TIMES more likely to be burned or scalded than those living elsewhere in the country. More information can be found on the Children's Burns Trust website 

Top cause of these injuries are: 

  • Tea/Coffee cup
  • Electrci hobs
  • Hair straighteners
  • Kettle spills

Additionally the risk of firework injuries and fires outside the home to children in the 15 – 24-year age group will be highlighted.

Chair of NFCC and Trustee of the Children's Burns Trust, Roy Wilsher said:

“It’s been a challenging year as we all deal with the impact of COVID-19. As we approach Bonfire Night, it’s clear many organised firework displays that families usually attend will not be happening. We urge people to be cautious if they are thinking about using fireworks at home. Take time to plan and make sure you are confident and comfortable with handling fireworks and that you have the appropriate space in your garden to hold a display. You should also follow the firework code. Firework injuries are more common at private or family displays. If an accident should happen make sure you know what to do, the correct first aid can greatly reduce the severity of a burn and ensure you seek medical help.”

The advice of the National Fire Chiefs Council is to think carefully about arranging a home display and ensure you are aware of national and local restrictions on social gatherings.  

The Firework Code
  • Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable, and ensure it finishes before 11pm
  • Only buy fireworks which carry the CE mark, from a licensed retailer
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time
  • Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary
  • Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back
  • Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks
  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit
  • Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
  • Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators
  • Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
  • Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving
  • Don't throw spent fireworks onto a bonfire
  • Never give sparkler to children under 5 years old
  • Wear gloves when using sparklers and light them one at a time
  • Keep pets indoors
  • Be considerate - let your neighbours know if you are having a dsiplay

If your clothes catch fire : 


Burn first aid:

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.