National Burn Awareness Day 2019

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The National Fire Chiefs Council will be continuing its support for National Burn Awareness Day which this year takes place on 16th October. They day aims to raise awareness of the ongoing problem of burns and scalds injuries in children, which often occur in the home and are often preventable and can result in life long and life changing injuries. 

This year’s National Burn Awareness Day is supporting the launch of the SafeTea Campaign which aims to prevent serious burns (scalds) from mugs of hot tea or coffee, and to ensure that parents/carers know how to give burns first aid.

NFCC are delighted to be ambassadors for the SafeTea campaign and we encourage Fire and Rescue Services to include their messaging where possible in their community engagement activities. The campaign highlights some simple and straightforward advice to reduce the chances of a serious hot drink scald in young children 

  • 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
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.


NFCC are encouraging Fire and Rescue Services to continue to support this really important campaign to which we are committed to. Chair of the NFCC, Roy Wilsher is a trustee of the Children's Burn's Trust and commented:

“In my role as Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and Trustee of the Children’s Burns Trust, I give my wholehearted support to National Burn Awareness Day 2019.

The day has proven to be a highly important fixture in the burn awareness calendar, highlighting the main causes of burns and scalds and showing that the majority of accidents are avoidable. My colleagues across the Fire Service have always shown their support on this day, and I’m looking forward to seeing the different awareness events that will be taking place up and down the country again this year.”

National Burn Awareness Day Toolkit


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