After viewing the video and reading the brochure, parents will be armed with the 3 B’s of Burn Prevention,” says Frances MacDougall, a nurse with the BC Children’s Burn Unit, and developer of the THFT program. “Parent’s should be aware of the burn hazards in the home; be close within arm’s reach when a child is near or around a burn hazard, and burn proof the family home.”
Burn injuries are a leading cause of emergency room visits for children under the age of five. Every year, approximately 130 children under five are treated at BC Children’s Hospital for serious burns. Scalds from hot liquids, hot tap water and hot surfaces are the most common cause of burns for young children – not fire, as most parents may believe.
More than 90 percent of those injuries are considered preventable as the majority of burns take place in the home – in the kitchen, bathroom, or family room with a fireplace – where safeguarding measures can be taken.
“The majority of children who come to BC Children’s have burns as a result of pulling on a cord or reaching for something on a countertop and accidentally spilling hot liquid on their face, chest or arms; or playing in a bathtub alone and accidentally adding scalding hot water from the tap; or touching hot surfaces such as fireplaces or oven doors,” says Dr. Cindy Verchere, Director for the BC Children’s Hospital Burn Unit.
“A child’s skin is four times thinner than an adult’s,” says Dr. Verchere. “Hot water, liquid or heat moves very quickly through the first layer of skin to the lower layers and can cause significant damage in a matter of seconds.”
Please see the Too Hot for Tots! For Professionals page for a list of the resources included in the tool kit.Media Release: March 13, 2012Created: March 13, 2012