Are you aware that more than 250 children in South Africa face the danger of burns every day? These occurrences often take place in and around the home, and it only takes a moment for an accident to happen. Therefore, it is crucial for parents and caregivers to stay informed and take active measures to prevent such incidents from happening. Here is a comprehensive guide provided by ChildSafe South Africa to help you safeguard your children from the risk of burns.

Key Tips from the ChildSafe South Africa:

  1. If a Child’s Clothes Catch Alight

    • Instruct the child to stop moving, drop to the ground, and roll to extinguish the flames.
    • Cover the child with a blanket to smother the flames.
    • Never remove clothing that has stuck to the skin.
    • Cool the burn with cold running water for 20 minutes.
    • Seek medical advice immediately.
  2. Scalds and Hot Fluid Burns Prevention

    • Keep hot liquids and food in the center of the table; do not pass them over a child’s head.
    • Do not hold a child while cooking on the stove.
    • Always place kettles and cords at the back of counters and tables.
    • Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove.
  3. Fire Burns Prevention

    • Teach your child the “Stop, Drop, and Roll” method if their clothes have caught alight.
    • Supervise children near open fires, candles, paraffin lamps, and portable stoves.
    • Safely store matches and lighters out of reach of children.
  4. Electrical Burns Prevention

    • Avoid overloading power points and running electrical wires under carpets.
    • Keep electrical cords, power plugs, and electrical equipment away from children.
    • Teach children to stay away from electrical substations.
  5. Other Burns Prevention

    • Protect children from sunburn using sunscreen, hats, and umbrellas.
    • Safely store chemicals away from children.
    • Keep your children safe from fireworks.

The safety and well-being of children are paramount. By following the guidelines provided by ChildSafe South Africa, we can work towards preventing burn-related accidents and creating a safer environment. For more detailed information and additional tips on burn prevention, download the full brochure.