How to prevent burns and scalds. By Class 1 Burns • 26,000 under 5’s are burnt or scalded in the house each year. • A hot drink can still scald a small child for up to 15 minutes after it has been poured. • Every 1 ½ minutes somebody in Britain is scalded or burnt at home. • Burns and scalds often require extensive skin grafting and plastic surgery. What to do in the event of a burning incident • Submerge the burned area in cold water for 20 minutes. • Do not pull off clothing or material that is sticking to the burned area. • Cover the burned area with clean non fluffy material. Cling film is excellent. • Contact your doctor or local hospital immediately. How to prevent burns and scalds • Run the cold water in a bath first. • Test the bath temperature before letting children get in. • Install thermostats in the taps. • Keep saucepans at the back of the cooker when you can. • Turn pan handles to the back or side. • Keep electric kettles, irons and wires out of reach. • Always put fireguards in front of fires. • Store lighters and matches out of reach of children.