Burns and Scalds

Severe burn injury can be life threatening, and even small burns can be dangerous for young children. All are painful and can have a lasting impact on your life.

The majority of burns are PREVENTABLE and by being aware and making small changes, you can help to keep you and your family safe!

What's the difference between a burn and a scald?
  • Burns: Contact with a hot object or surface such as heaters and hot appliances, contact with open flames, contact with the car exhaust, treadmill (friction burn)
  • Scalds: is contact with a hot liquid such as hot drinks, water from kettle, saucepan spillages, microwaved/heated food, hot water bottles, hot bath water

The most common type of burn injury for children aged 0–5 years is scalds.

Most scald burns in this age group are due to young children mimicking adult behaviour. This frequently results in burn injuries caused by pulling down hot drinks off tables, reaching up to grab handles of saucepans or by playing with the taps in the bath.

To learn more about how to prevent burns to young children download our Keeping Young Children Safe: Burns Prevention and First Aid brochure.

The tempertaure of water and the time it takes to cause a serious scald injury


Burns and Scalds

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