Firefighters support National Burns Awareness Day 2017

On Wednesday 18 October 2017, Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) will be supporting National Burns Awareness Day, with the support of the Burns Unit at North Bristol NHS Trust.

Hundreds of Fire and Rescue Services along with the NHS and other organisations come together each year on National Burn Awareness Day to raise awareness of the alarming number of people burned every day in the UK.

The campaign also helps to promote the importance of good first aid if a burn or scald does occur.

AF&RS Crew Manager, Andy Baker, said: “We think it’s really important to support this campaign, which is why we’ll be in the Atrium of Southmead Hospital during the morning of Wednesday 18 October, along with the Burns Unit team at North Bristol NHS Trust to help raise awareness of the number of burn injuries which occur in the UK every day.

“The vast majority of burn injuries are accidents, and whether suffered by adults, children or the elderly, most are avoidable. If people take away one key message from National Burn Awareness Day 2017, it is that prevention and good first aid are vital in reducing the number of burn related accidents across the UK.”

Good first aid after a burn/scald can make a huge difference in recovery times and severity of scarring. Remember – 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 in an emergency, or 111 or local GP for non-emergency advice
Cover with cling film or a sterile, non-fluffy dressing or cloth. Make sure the patient is kept warm.

Please remember to keep things that can cause fire such as candles, matches and lighters, or things that are hot – kettles, irons and hair straighteners – out of children's reach.

· Make sure children don't play near fires or heaters to avoid them getting burnt

·  Use the back hobs on the stove and make sure saucepan handles don't stick out to avoid them being knocked off

·  Clothing will always burn if in contact with naked flames – but some much faster than others

·  If your or your children's clothes catch fire, stop, drop and roll. Don't run around, you'll make the flames worse. Lie down and roll around to make it harder for the fire to spread and smother the flames with a heavy material, like a coat or blanket.

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