Safety group targets reduction in under 5s burns

Buy Wise Be Safe will be sharing best practice online targeting parents and carers of under 5s in a bid to reduce the numbers of small children suffering burns during this time of year.  

There is a noticeable spike in under 5s suffering burns during this time of year which is why Buy Wise Be Safe, a South West based initiative, is highlighting the importance of safety during Halloween and Bonfire Night.

Working once again with University Hospital Bristol NHS Trust (UH Bristol), the duo will be highlighting best practice on the Buy Wise Be Safe website and sharing safety videos on its social media accounts.

Messages from clinicians at the hospital, the South West’s specialist treatment centre for Paediatric Burns, will be posted throughout the #BurnsAwarenessWeek – which runs from October 24th to November 5th.

During the four week period surrounding Bonfire Night admissions to A&E for burn related injuries increase substantially; so to help parents Buy Wise Be Safe has launched a Burns Awareness Week campaign offering great advice to keep youngsters safe.

Stuart Radnedge, spokesman for Buy Wise Be Safe, said, “The risk of an under 5 suffering a burn at home is heightened during the four weeks surrounding Bonfire Night. The South West, on the whole, has higher than average statistics involving burns and under 5s with the latest three-year study statistics showing it’s the second worst performing region in the country.”

“This statistic is something we’d like to change and, with Halloween and Bonfire night just days away, the risk factor is increasing. But following our handy hints and tips can really help keep a young child in your care safe.”

“We’re really thankful for the partnership we have with UH Bristol. Hopefully we can reduce the amount of people that need their expert care this year!”

Follow our messages via facebook.com/buywisebesafe and twitter.com/buywisebesafe or visit www.buywisebesafe.org.uk for more detailed advice.

Buy Wise Be Safe Launches #BurnsAwarenessWeek

A SHOCKING video will be published by a national safety group on Wednesday to highlight the importance of burns awareness during Halloween, Diwali, and Bonfire Night.

In the video on the group’s social media accounts, a small child’s fancy dress costume is alight in moments after the floating fabric from the base of the costume comes into contact with a naked flame. South West based group Buy Wise Be Safe decided to post the video in order to highlight the danger posed by fire; particularly with Halloween being preceded by the Indian festival of lights Diwali, and Bonfire Night following shortly afterwards.  All three festivals feature the use of flames and/or fireworks which can pose a particular threat to the delicate skin of babies and young children.

Wednesday is National Burns Awareness Day from the Children’s Burns Trust, which Buy Wise Be Safe is supporting and used as inspiration for its #BurnsAwarenessWeek which runs from October 29th to November 5th.

During the four week period surrounding Bonfire Night admissions to A&E for burn related injuries increase substantially; so to help parents keep their children safe Buy Wise Be Safe has launched a Burns Awareness Week campaign offering great advice to keep youngsters safe.

Stuart Radnedge, spokesman for Buy Wise Be Safe, said, “Every year around Bonfire Night many children suffer needless injuries that can occur in a moment but, in many cases, leave a scar or injury for a lifetime.”

“Children under the age of 5 should not be holding Sparklers but the risk of burns is still high if you leave naked flames exposed around your home, for example in a pumpkin lantern. Many young children will enjoy being a part of the festivities with the opportunity to dress up and transform the home with lanterns, carved pumpkins and other decorations.”

“However, as demonstrated in the video we published on our social media pages, some costumes can catch alight quickly – especially when they can have long trailing material attached that can easily burn if it drops onto a flame.”

“To try and make this four week period as safe as possible, we have provided some great advice on how to avoid the risks around the home which are prevalent at this time of year.”

To find the Burns Awareness safety tips please visit www.buywisebesafe.org.uk for advice on the website, and www.facebook.com/buywisebesafe and www.twitter.com/buywisebesafe for our messages that are being shared on Social Media.