Childrens Burns Trust 180The second National Burn Awareness Day will be held on 21 October with the aim of spreading the message that prevention and good first aid are key to reducing the number of burns and scalds occurring each year, especially in children and the elderly.

Last year's event saw impressive interaction with health, fire and schools and organisers the Children’s Burns Trust are working with the British Burn Association to grow the momentum and reach an even wider audience this year.

They are exploring ways to work collaboratively on this, and already have the support of, amongst others, the Government’s Fire Kills campaign and the Chief Fire Officers Association. Many other agencies and charities are also keen to be involved.

The cumulative impact of targeted activities taking place across the country will, it is hoped:
• help to raise the awareness of the shocking number of people burned each and every day – the vast majority of which are preventable.
• promote good first aid

If you would like more information and a copy of the Children's Burns Trust toolkit please contact Alison.Tweddle@cbtrust.org.uk

First aid advice from the British Burn Association:
1. 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).
2. Call for help: 999, 111 or local GP for advice.
3. Cover with cling film or a sterile, non-fluffy dressing or cloth. Make sure the patient is kept warm.