In the spirit of this year’s Child Safety Week, we thought it would be a good time to highlight one of our long-standing charity partners Children’s Burns Trust. This year’s theme of the safety week is ‘Be a Safety Hero’, encouraging parents and carers to make just a few simple changes to help prevent children suffering serious harm.
We’ve featured Children’s Burns Trust a couple of times on this blog, discussing how the thousands of pounds raised from your pennies have helped them put on Family Weekends for children with burns injuries and their close relatives. As well as providing support for families after a burns accident, part of Children’s Burns Trust work is to highlight measures parents can take to help prevent an accident from happening.
This Child Safety Week, they’re asking parents to ‘Be a Safety Hero’ by implementing a Hot Drinks Policy in areas where young children are present. Hot drinks are the number one cause of serious scald injuries among babies and young children, who often love exploring and reaching out. Despite this, it can be difficult to establish a hot drinks policy particularly when many adults don’t think twice about drinking a cup of tea or coffee in a room where there are children.
But successful parent-led hot drinks policy can be made and Children’s Burns Trust point to a story of parents in a Community House in Wrexham who led by example to keep hot drinks away from children. For other families or people who run nurseries or children’s centres, the charity has a Resource Pack available to order from their website which includes helpful tips and leaflets about preventing scalding from hot drinks.