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Home accident prevention video ‘Scarred for Life’ launched

20 November 2017

The dangers associated with hot appliances, liquids and bath water are being highlighted in a video recently launched by the Public Health Agency (PHA), in association with local councils in Northern Ireland.

The video is the latest in a series of activities to raise awareness of how quickly accidents can occur in or around the home and shows how easily burns and scalds can happen.

Dr Carolyn Harper, Director of Public Health at the PHA commented: “Home accidents can easily be prevented by being aware of the dangers and hazards that are present in the home environment and taking steps to minimise the risks.”

“Hot appliances, liquids and bath water are responsible for more than half of all burns and scalds, with young children being particularly vulnerable. The video aims to highlight how easy it is for a child to burn themselves or be scalded, and encourages parents and guardians to be aware of the risks and how injuries can be reduced.”

The video shows a typical busy home and highlights that it can take just seconds for an accident to happen.

It also informs people that:

  • Hot drinks can still scald 15 minutes after they’ve been made and can result in years of skin graft treatment. Ensure hot drinks are out of reach of babies and children
  • Hot water scalds in seconds. Run the cold water first and always check the temperature of bath water
  • Hair straighteners can get very hot, very quickly and cause serious burns that scar for life. Keep out of the reach of children and put them away safely after use

Wendy Brolly, Antrim and Newtownabbey Council’s Environmental Health Manager (Health and Wellbeing) stated: “Young children can very quickly and easily be burnt or scalded in the home. This is a particularly distressing type of accident with consequences that could last for life.”

“We are pleased that we are able to work with the Public Health Agency to raise awareness of the many ways accidents can occur in the home. We hope that this video will be as successful in raising awareness of home accident prevention as the previous blind cord safety video and help to prevent this type of accident from occurring in our local communities.”

To view the video visit:  http://bit.ly/2lZCSWQ  

Advice on prevention of burns and scalds in the home forms part of the Home Safety Assessments carried out by the Council’s Home Safety Officer.  For further information E. [email protected] or T. 028 9034 0160.