Fire Safety (Fire, Burns, and Scalds)
Between 2004 and 2013, fire and burns were responsible for the second longest average length of stay for injury-related hospitalizations in Saskatchewan.
Burns and scalds require long and extensive medical care, are very painful and may leave permanent scarring and a loss of function. These injuries can be a result of fire or flame from candles, lighters, barbeques or fireplaces, hot appliances such as kettles, toasters or curling irons, and hot liquids such as a bottle of milk, bath water, or a hot beverage such as tea.
In Saskatchewan, the children most likely to be hospitalized due to fire and burn-related injuries are those between the ages of 1 and 4 years (121 hospitalizations between 2004 and 2013).
For more information about fire and burn-related injuries for Saskatchewan children and youth, and for related prevention tips, view this summary.
Simple safety measures can be taken to ensure a child does not suffer an injury due to a burn or scald. Participate in active supervision of your child at all times. Other actions to reduce the risk of an injury due to a burn or scald include:
It is important for children to explore the natural world and play in the fresh air; however, special caution must be taken to protect children from harmful sun exposure. Always use sunscreen and reapply it often. Do not apply sunscreen to babies under six months of age. Use long sleeves, long pants, and hats made of light material to protect children from the sun. Look for places with lots of shade, such as parks with large trees or take an umbrella to the beach. Always keep your baby in the shade.