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Video campaign aims to prevent accidents at home

Are you aware of the dangers associated with hot appliances, liquids and bath water and how quickly accidents can happen at home?

Research shows:

Hot drinks can still scald 15 minutes after they’ve been made and can result in years of skin graft treatment. Ensure hot drinks are out of reach of babies and children.

Hot water scalds in seconds. Run the cold water first and always check the temperature of bath water.

Hair straighteners can get very hot, very quickly and cause serious burns that scar for life, keep out of the reach of children and put them away safely after use.

Dr Julie-Ann Maney, Consultant in paediatric emergency medicine in The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children said: “We look after children every day who have sustained accidental burns and scalds.  Burns and scalds can be life threatening and can have long term health implications.  Prevention and awareness of first aid measures are really important in the management of burns.  The advice and the warnings in the scarred for life video and website are essential for all parents and carers.  Prevention is always better than a cure.”

Please click on the link below to view the short video