Burns prevention depends on keeping your child away from anything hot and supervising him closely whenever he’s near things that can burn.Basic burns preventionYour child has no way of knowing that an exhaust pipe, an iron or any other hot surface can hurt and burn, or that hot water can burn in the same way fires can.Supervision is the only reliable way to prevent accidents with things that burn.So safety rule number one is to watch your child constantly – especially around stoves, ovens, microwaves, heaters and other appliances.Seek immediate medical help from a doctor, hospital or medical centre if a child’s burn is the size of a 20-cent piece or larger, if the burned skin looks raw, angry or blistered, or if the pain persists or is severe. Call an ambulance if the burn is larger than the size of the child’s hand, or is on the face, neck or genitals. See more in our
burns first aid article.Preventing burns indoorsYou can prevent burns indoors by being aware of common risks and avoiding them.Kitchen
Living and family areas
Fires can start as a result of cooking accidents, smoldering cigarettes, electrical faults, candles, incense and children playing with lighters and matches.
You can develop and practise a plan in case there’s a fire in your home.Preventing burns outdoorsYou can prevent burns outdoors by being aware of common risks and avoiding them.Outdoor cooking and heating
Other outdoor burn hazards