Accidents can happen

at any time.

Burns are one of the most common household injuries,

especially among children. According to the World Health Organisation, unfortunately the majority of burns happen in the under-resourced, low and middle-income countries, with two thirds of all burns occurring in African and Southeast Asian countries.

Burns are also the fifth most common cause of non-fatal childhood injury worldwide and many burns injuries are caused by a lack of adult supervision or maltreatment. They can take seconds to occur but can change a person’s life forever. Often, in addition to the burn injuries, burn patients may experience anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Therefore, ahead of the winter months and burn awareness week in the month of May, let’s remind ourselves about the importance of fire safety and the dangers of burns.

When it comes to burns, the Cleveland Clinic notes that prevention is always the best treatment. Here are some tips from the Children’s Hospital of Colorado, KidsHealth.org and FamilyDoctor.org to help you prevent burns:

Mental Health Reminders for Men
Childproofing
Electrical and Fire Safety
Sunburn and Sunscreen
When to seek urgent care for a burn
Degrees and home remedies
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