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30 babies and toddlers go to the hospital with a hot drink burn every day, show latest statistics released on National Burn Awareness Day.

Today, on National Burn Awareness Day 2019, exclusive data from the SafeTea campaign shows that NHS services treat more than 30 babies and toddlers with a hot drink burn every day.

The SafeTea campaign supported by Child Accident Prevention TrustThe Children’s Burns Trust and other organisations, have released this exclusive insight to raise awareness of the devastating number of children that are, on a daily basis, affected by life-altering burn injuries, and to promote the right burn-related first aid to parents, carers, grandparents and others involved in the care of children.

In addition to this shocking daily figure the SafeTea campaign highlights that 60% of all under 3 paediatric burn attendances to Accident & Emergency Departments are due to a hot drink burn. These figures are even more disturbing when the vast majority of these accidents are entirely preventable by simply keeping hot drinks out of reach. A burn injury is for life, the scars are physical as well as psychological, and can present life-long challenges for the individual and their families.

“Following Arthur’s accident I’m determined to raise awareness of the dangers of hot drinks around children and how these devastating injuries can happen in seconds. We’re hoping that showing the pictures of this distressing injury to Arthur means that more parents/carers are aware of the dangers of hot drinks around children. Even if one family doesn’t have to go through what we went through it will be worth it.”

  • Katrina Phillips, Chief Executive, Child Accident Prevention Trust says:

“Serious burns cause life-changing injuries. For a baby or toddler, an accident with a simple mug of tea can cause deep burns and disfiguring scars. That’s why we’re passionate supporters of National Burn Awareness Day and the Safe Tea Campaign, helping to share practical advice on burn prevention and first aid with communities UK-wide.”

Hundreds of NHS Services, Fire and Rescue Services, along with other organisations, come together each year on National Burn Awareness Day to raise awareness of the alarming number of people burned each and every day in the UK – the vast majority of which are preventable. The campaign also helps to promote the vital message of the importance of good first aid if a burn or scald does occur: COOL, CALL, COVER

COOL for 20 minutes under cool running water, CALL 999 OR 111 or your GP for advice, COVER the burn loosely with cling film.

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All statistics have been provided by the SafeTea campaign, which is based on evidence collected by researchers from Cardiff University, the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England and tested in collaboration with early years staff and parents of young children.

More information

Download the National Burn Awareness Day 2019 toolkit to help support National Burn Awareness Day 2019 and the SafeTea campaign.

Children’s Burns Trust works alongside the British Burn Association to raise awareness and grow the momentum of National Burn Awareness Day each year.

Visit for more information about #SafeTea Campaign and to prevent hot drink burns in small children and improve burn first aid.

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