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During Child Safety Week, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service reminds parents/guardians to take steps to protect their children from burns and fires.

With a focus on home safety, here are key tips to keep in mind:

  • Keep items that can cause fires, such as candles, matches, and lighters, out of children's reach. Also, ensure hot items like kettles, irons, and hair straighteners are inaccessible.
  • Prevent children from playing near fires or heaters to avoid burns.
  • Use the back hobs on the stove and ensure saucepan handles are not sticking out to prevent them from being knocked off.
  • Never leave children unattended in the kitchen.
  • Install childproof guards in front of open fires or heaters; the best ones can be fixed to the wall.
  • Keep in mind that certain clothing materials, particularly synthetic fabrics, can ignite quickly when in contact with flames.
  • In case of clothing catching fire, remember to 'stop, drop, and roll.' Avoid running around, as it can worsen the flames. Lie down and roll around to smother the flames with a heavy material like a coat or blanket.
  • Before adding hot water to a bath or sink, run cold water first and test the temperature. Only put a baby or child into the water once it's been tested.
  • Store chemicals and cleaners out of reach of children.

For burn first aid, remember 'cool, call, and cover!'

  • Cool the burn with running cold tap water for 20 minutes and remove all clothing and jewellery (unless it is melted or firmly stuck to the wound).
  • Call for help—dial 999 in an emergency or 111 or contact your local GP for non-emergency advice.
  • Cover the burn with cling film or a sterile, non-fluffy dressing or cloth, ensuring the patient stays warm.