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Preventing burns

Burns are common, especially in children. Maybe you are reading this because you or your child has had a burn. The key is to learn from a burn to help prevent another one, as it could be even more serious next time.

Younger children are mostly burned by scalds from hot liquids or objects.Their skin is very thin and they can get serious burns very easily. Older children and adults are mostly burned by flames or explosions.

No one can watch their child every second. But there are easy changes you can make around the home, or to your habits (such as where you put down your cup of tea) that could help to prevent you and your children getting burned.

Tips to avoid burns


This short video from Burn Support explains the risk areas for burning at home, and how to make them safe. It's suitable for the whole family to watch.

Children's stories

Andrew, Chevy and Liam and their families share their stories about their burns, so you can learn from them and stop the same thing happening in your family. These videos are also from Burnwise.

Andrew's story

Chevy's story

Liam's story

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by Plastic Surgery Department, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed June 2017. Last updated June 2018.

See also:

Sun-smart Behaviour for advice on preventing sunburn


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