If you have suffered a burn and require first aid, please go to the nearest hospital with a Burns Service and present yourself at the Accident and Emergency Department.
Stay safe this Autumn and all the year round:
Download the BBA Autumn Injury Prevention Flyer
Download the BBA Halloween / Bonfire Night Burn Prevention Flyer
Download the BBA Winter Injury Prevention Flyer
Download the BBA Christmas Injury Prevention Flyer
Download the BBA Spring Injury Prevention Flyer
Warning by the British Burn Association about Steam Inhalation and Scalds over the Winter period.
Each winter, Burns Units see an increase in serious injuries to both children and adults related to the practice of ‘steam inhalation’.
This practice tends to involve carrying bowls of scalding hot water which often spill and cause injury and hospital admissions.
Professor Shokrollahi from the British Burn Association stated: ‘Not only have we seen spikes of these injuries in the winter months, we also saw a rise during the peaks of the Coronavirus pandemic. From a detailed look at the literature, there is no evidence that steam inhalation is effective whilst at the same time presenting substantial risk of harm, hospital admission, requirement for skin grafts and resultant scars.
Our advice is – if you have symptoms or cold, flu or coronavirus, take over-the-counter remedy’s or those prescribed by your doctor but please avoid large containers of scalding hot water to prevent harm to you or your loved ones’.