Burn Awareness Week to highlight top burn hazards for young children
Caregivers are often accused of lacking common sense, but what caregivers lack is knowledge and awareness about the burn hazards in their home, said Frances MacDougall RN, Too Hot for Tots! Founder & Master Trainer.
For example, 70% of parents are unaware that the most common cause of burns in young children are scalds from hot drinks or hot tap water - not from fire. To address this growing issue, MacDougall developed the Too Hot for Tots! program to teach parents and caregivers how to prevent burn and scald injuries in the home. By raising awareness of the most common causes of burns, parents and caregivers can take proactive steps to prevent potentially life-changing injuries.
Accidents are defined as unforeseen and unplanned events or circumstances but these injuries have a pattern. We see the same injuries happen to children at the same age, from the same circumstances, said MacDougall. Childhood burn injuries are common, serious and preventable!
Parents and caregivers can learn more by accessing the resources on the Burn Awareness Week website, or by visiting the Burn Awareness table from February 4-8 at the BC Children's Hospital.