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2016 News and Information

Hot water scalds and burn injuries are preventable

Feb 1 2016

Hot water scalds are the leading cause of burns to young children. During Burn Awareness Week from January 31 to February 6, 2016, BC’s fire fighters are teaching kids to be responsible for their own safety around hot items. The vast majority of these burn injuries are preventable.

“Richmond Fire-Rescue advises that parents should be aware of potentially harmful situations,” emphasizes Richmond Fire-Rescue’s Deputy Chief Kim Howell. “The vast majority of these burn injuries are preventable.”

According to, “Scalds from hot tap water are often the most severe. Children’s skin is thinner and more sensitive. A child’s skin burns four times more quickly and more deeply than an adult’s skin at the same temperature. Most home water heaters in Canada are set at 60º Celsius (140º Fahrenheit) and at this temperature, a child’s skin can burn in just one second.”

During Burn Awareness Week, public and private elementary schools in British Columbia, parents, students – anyone – can access the program online, at . The site includes burn awareness safety tips, student activity sheets, quizzes, colouring pages, and animated videos. The program is available in PDF format for easy download and printing.

To encourage student participation, the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund offers an annual Burn Awareness Week Poster Contest. All entries must be postmarked by no later than February 6, 2016. Mail entries to: The BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, 3891 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 3P1. Winners will be notified by phone after March 11, 2016 and prizes will be awarded by March 25, 2016. Every entrant receives a participation prize and 50 students will win money for their elementary school or BC Ministry of Education sanctioned distance education facility. There are seven regional prizes, including a $1,000 grand prize and six $500 prizes. Complete prize details, rules and regulations are available online.