NFCC add support to SafeTea campaign

Hot drink scalds were the most common cause for under 5s attending A&E

 49% (17,052) of child admissions to designated specialised burn services in the past five years involved scalds from hot food or drink.

 57% of the admissions to designated specialised burn services among 0-2 year-olds in 2018 related to hot tea or coffee spillages.

These are shocking figures and so the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has added their support to the Safe Tea campaign. The campaign is on online resource to help caregivers prevent hot drink burns in small children and improve burn first aid.

New figures from the International Burn Injury Database (iBID) show there were 35,007 child admissions to designated specialised burn services in England and Wales in the past five years (2014-2018). almost half - 49% (17,052) of child admissions to specialised burn NHS services, in the past five years, involved children who had been scalded by hot food or liquid spillages. These admissions do not include the injuries treated as minor injuries by GPs or A&E.

Such burns and scalds can happen so easily but can lead to year of painful treatment which can include skin grafts and operations. These injuries can be prevented and that is why NFCC are ambassadors for the SafeTea campaign as part of National Burn Awareness Day.

  • Hot drinks account for 60 per cent of hospital attendances with burns in children under three years – or 30 young children every day across the UK.
  • only one in four children received adequate first aid before getting to hospital.

The campaign aims to raise awareness to carers of young children on how they can take simple step to prevent scalds and burns and crucially what to do if an accident should happen.

The key messages are :

  • Keep hot drinks away from young children;
  • First aid for burns is: COOL, CALL, COVER;
  • Never carry a hot drink whilst carrying a baby;
  • Never pass a hot drink over the heads of young children;
  • Make a SafeTea zone: a safe place for hot drinks in your home, out of reach of small children.


To find out more about the SafeTea campaign look out for #SafeTea and visit the campaign website

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