Over 600 children under the age of five present to hospital every year with a burn injury. More than half (57%) of these burns occur in the kitchen. Other common causes of burns outside of the kitchen include heaters, irons, treadmills, BBQs and car exhausts.
Children’s skin burns deeper, quicker and at lower temperatures compared to adults. Burns from scalds cause lifelong problems for many children. Families suffer guilt and blame, while children must deal with scarring that leads to serious body image and self-esteem issues.
Soups, noodles, tea and coffee are among the most common causes of scalds for children under the age of five and can take less than a second to cause a serious burn.
For more information on posters that were developed for schools aimed at preventing burn injuries in the school environment, please visit the burns resources for schools page.
Kids Health coordinated a pilot burns prevention project with Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services in the Blacktown LGA for children under the age of five with a specific focus on the kitchen.
A brochure, poster and first aid for burns magnet are available in the downloads section and free copies can be ordered through our online order form.
The educator resource and flipchart will soon be available with possible expansion of the project across NSW after the evaluation is completed, due in May 2016.
The Burns Unit and Kids Health, at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, as well as Kidsafe and the NSW Severe Burn Injury Service produced an interactive burns prevention program, “Learn to Stop Burns”. The game allows entry to a virtual home where individual rooms may be navigated to search for the potential burn dangers in everyday life.
Visit any room of the house to see and hear how burns can happen in the home. Click on the animation to learn how you can stop burns from happening. Take the quiz at the end to test yourself!
Click here to play Learn to Stop Burns! online
Click here to order a copy of Learn to Stop Burns! on CD
A teaching resource was developed to complement the Learn to Stop Burns! program, containing suggested teaching and learning activities. The activities allow students to work towards achieving the stage two and stage three outcomes in the Safe living strand of the K-6 Syllabus Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE).
In 2008, we piloted the program with 89 students in NSW (aged between 8-12 years), and found an 18% increase in burns prevention knowledge. Teachers reported that it was "a great unit" and the "interactive nature of the program was excellent. Plenty of suggested support resources for teachers which provided background knowledge before teaching."
This pilot was kindly funded by the Greater Metropolitan Clinical Taskforce (GMCT).
Visit the downloads section below to view a copy of the Learn to Stop Burns! Teacher Resource
Click here to order a copy of Learn to Stop Burns!