Be in the know: infants and children are at higher risk for burns

Friday, February 1, 2019

The top three types of burns seen in Canadian emergency rooms in 2013 were identified as scalds, contact with hot objects, and fire/flame/smoke, per a report by the Government of Canada in 2017. This same report identifies infants and toddlers at the highest risk for scalds and burns due to contact with hot objects.

“We know this can be a considerable risk for our vulnerable sector, so we’re doing what we can to help educate parents and caregivers on the household dangers that result in trips to the emergency room,” says Deputy Fire Chief Gerry Kelly, with Leduc Fire Services. “They have very sensitive skin which can burn four times faster and deeper than adult skin at the same temperature.”

Leduc Fire Services offers a few household tips to help prevent scalds and burns within the home:

  • Teach children that hot things burn and will hurt them
  • Be safe in the kitchen by ensuring pot handles are turned away from a stove’s edge, cook on the back burners, and don’t leave cooking unattended. Teaching children about kitchen safety and what not to touch is also a great preventative measure
  • Keep small appliance cords wrapped and away from counter edges. This would apply to toasters, countertop kettles, and hair styling tools
  • Test a child’s bath and sink water before using. It’s a good practice to turn on the cold water first and then turn on the hot water to reach a desired temperature that is safe for the child. And when turning them off, go in reverse order to minimize any risk of the child coming in contact with the hot water
  • Review and practice fire prevention tips in the household with your toddler and child as a proactive measure to help instill a knowledge and awareness on what to do in case of a fire or medical emergency

“We offer a variety of fire prevention materials to help parents and caregivers which are available online (Leduc.ca/fire) and in hard copy at Leduc Fire House 1 (4119 50th Street).”

For more information, visit Leduc.ca/fire or call 780-980-8475.

— 30 —

Leduc Fire Services is an integrated department dedicated to providing community and emergency services with a vision to become a recognized leader in fire and emergency medical services. Our motto is ‘Our Family Protecting Yours.’ You can find us online at Leduc.ca/fire, Facebook.com/LeducFireServices and Twitter (@LeducFire).

MEDIA CONTACT:
Mariann McLaughlin, Corporate Communications
780–980–7171
mmclaughlin@leduc.ca