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Did you know that February 5th to 11th, 2017 is Burn Awareness Week in B.C.?

Sponsored by the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, Burn Awareness Week aims to teach kids to be responsible for their own safety. Anyone can access the program online, which includes burn awareness safety tip information, activity sheets, quizzes, colouring pages and animated videos.

Golden Fire Chief Dave Balding encourages families to practice safety together!

“Incorporating a little fun into practicing safety is a great way for parents and children to learn together. For example, parents can practice the Stop, Drop and Roll scenario with their kids,” says Balding.

Did you know that children sustain severe burns at lower temperatures and in less time than an adult?
“In Golden, many families use woodstoves to heat their homes,” says Balding. “This provides a perfect opportunity for families to learn together about things like the uses for matches and lighters; good fires and bad fires; safe places to play; and even the correct procedure for cooling a burn injury.”

A few Burn Awareness Week 2017 safety tips:

● When using water taps, turn COLD water on first. Then add HOT water and adjust the temperature. Reverse the order when turning water off: HOT water first, then the COLD water.

● Be very careful when drinking HOT liquids, especially around children. At 60°C (140°F) it takes less than five seconds to get a third degree (full thickness) burn.

● Matches and lighters are tools for grownups, and need to be used in a responsible manner. Reinforce the concept that like power tools or a knife, the match is a tool with specific uses, such as lighting a stove or a candle.

● Discuss strategies for children on how they can get out of situations that involve fire.

● Teach children not to touch anything on the stove, or to open the oven. Children should not use stoves until they are old enough to safely handle items, reach cooking surfaces, and are mature enough to understand safety procedures in the kitchen.

● Children should be supervised while in the kitchen. Talk about safe places to play.

● Kitchen and appliance safety is important in every household. Burns received in the kitchen are usually a result of scalds from hot foods or liquids, or contact burns from hot appliances. More fires start in the kitchen than any other location in the home.

● Within seconds of a burn injury the burned area should be placed in, or flushed with, cool water. Keep the burned area in the cool water for 10 to 15 minutes. Never use ice, ointments or butter.

● If they are burned, tell children to immediately seek assistance from an adult.

● If the burn injury is severe, immediately seek emergency assistance. Instruct children how to dial 9-1-1, or your community’s local emergency number.

To learn more, visit www.burnfund.org. For more information on Golden Fire Rescue, visit them on Facebook or check out the Departments section of our website and click on Fire Rescue.