Jan. 31 – Feb. 6 is Burn Awareness Week in B.C. Print Article Font Size
The B.C. Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund’s Annual Burn Awareness Week (BAW) program helps teach kids to be responsible for their own safety, and makes their families more aware of potentially harmful situations. The program targets children in the high risk age group from kindergarten to Grade 7.

“Remember these tips as Burn Awareness Week approaches and practice burn awareness all year long,” says Town of Golden Fire Chief Dave Balding. “Want more information? Contact Golden Fire Rescue at 250-344-6401 or goldfire@golden.ca , we’d be happy to answer your questions.”

Here are some safety tips from the folks at BAW:
  • Hot water scalds are the leading cause of burns to young children. Ensure your hot water tank is set to a maximum temperature of 60 C or 140 F.
  • When using water taps, turn COLD water on first. Then add HOT water and adjust the water.
  • When bathing children, never leave them unattended as they may turn on the hot water or slip in your absence.
  • At 60 C (140 F) it takes less than five seconds to get a third degree (full thickness) burn. Children and older adults, by virtue of their thinner skin, sustain severe burns at lower temperatures.
  • Playing with matches and lighters is one of the leading causes of fire deaths to young children. Matches and lighters are tools for grownups, and not toys to be played with. Reinforce the concept that like power tools or a knife, the match is a tool with specific uses, such as lighting a stove or a candle, or for starting campfires.
  • Discuss GOOD FIRES and BAD FIRES and how matches and lighters are to be used in a responsible manner.
  • Discuss strategies with children on how they can get out of situations that involve fire setting and peer pressure. Define issues such as arson and the law, children taking responsibility for fire-setting actions, paying restitution and making good choices.
  • Burns received in the kitchen are usually a result of scalds from hot foods or liquids, or contact burns from hot appliances. More fires start in the kitchen than any other location in the home.
  • Teach and practice STOP, DROP & ROLL. If a child’s clothes catch on fire, they STOP where they are, cover their face with their hands (unless their hands are burning), DROP to the ground, and ROLL over and over until the fire is out. Cooling the burned area will lessen the severity of the injury if the procedure is performed immediately following the burn incident.
  • Within seconds of a burn injury the burned area should be placed in, or flushed with, cool water. Keep the burned area in the cool water for 10 to 15 minutes. NEVER use ice, ointments or butter.
  • If they are burned, tell children to immediately seek assistance from an adult.
  • If the burn injury is severe, immediately seek emergency assistance. Instruct children how to dial 9-1-1, or your community’s local emergency number.