National Burns Awareness Month June 2022

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Royal Children's Hospital podcast with Dr Warwick Teague- Surgeon, Clinical Burns Lead and Director of Trauma at RCH. Topic 'WHAT TO DO WITH BURNS'. Specially recorded to coincide with National Burns Awareness Month.

Episode notes:

Sadly, burns are still a common injury in childhood. To coincide with National Burns Safety Awareness Month, hosts Anthea and Lexi are joined by Warwick Teague, surgeon, clinical burns lead and Director of Trauma at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. Warwick gives us the absolute must-do when it comes to burns first aid (hint: it involves a lot of cool running water) and explains the steps we can all take to prevent burns happening in the first place.

To listen to the podcast, click here and select the 'What to do with Burns' podcast.

For more information on burns prevention and first aid from the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, click here


Protect your family this National Burns Awareness Month.

Click here for the full media release from Kidsafe Australia.

Kidsafe Australia is urging parents and carers to be extra vigilant this winter to prevent burns, and ensure they are aware of the correct first aid steps for burns.

The call comes during National Burns Awareness Month, an Australia-wide campaign run by Kidsafe Australia focused on raising awareness of prevention and correct first aid treatment for burns and scalds across all age groups.

Data from the Burns Registry of Australia and New Zealand (BRANZ) shows that in 2019/2020, 924 children aged under 15 were admitted to burns units across Australia and New Zealand – approximately 18 per week.

The primary cause of injury in paediatric patients was scalds (52%), in particular scalds from hot drinks such as tea and coffee. 76% of total burns occur in the home or usual residence.

The statistics also reveal that 23% of children and 42.2% of adults (≥16 years) did not receive the recommended ‘gold standard’ initial first aid treatment for their burn injury, underlining the importance of continued education on burns first aid.

If a burn happens, then its critical that cool running water is applied to the burn area for 20 minutes. Administering correct first aid measures can make a significant difference in the rehabilitation and long-term outcome of the burn injury.

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Preventing Burns Around the Home

During National Burns Awareness Month, Kidsafe Australia is encouraging parents and carers to download and use their Burns Safety Checklist (see below) to prevent burns around the home, and to ensure they are aware of the correct first aid steps to take in the event that someone sustains a burn:

Correct First Aid Steps

  • Remove - remove yourself from danger. Remove any clothing and jewellery from the burn area unless well stuck to the skin
  • Cool - place the burn under cool running water for 20 minutes. Never use items like ice, oil or butter as these can make the burn worse
  • Cover the burn with a clean dressing
  • Seek medical attention if the burn or scald is on the face, hands, feet, genitals or buttocks, is larger than a 20-cent coin or blistered

Home Burns Safety Checklist

Use this Home Burns Safety Checklist to check the safety of your home.
If you tick ‘NO’ to any of the questions, make a change so you can tick ‘YES’ and keep your family safe!

Click here to download the Home Burns Safety Checklist



Links to some valuable resources on burns prevention and treatment

Fact sheets on the prevention of specific types of burn injuries

Scallywags Learning About Burns Video

Videos for Burns Safety, Prevention and Treatment

BurnSafe learning activities focused on burns prevention and first aid, for children aged between 3-13 years.

Brochures on Burns Prevention

Burns Safety Around the Home

Keeping Young Children Safe

Burns Safety and Adolescents