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The dangers associated with hot appliances, liquids and bath water are highlighted in a video produced by the Public Health Agency (PHA), in association with local councils in Northern Ireland.

The video is the latest in a series of awareness-raising activities to reduce the prevalence of accidents that occur in or around the home, and shows how quickly and easily burns and scalds can occur:

  • Hot drinks can still scald 15 minutes after they’ve been made and can result in years of skin graft treatment. Ensure hot drinks are out of reach of babies and children.
  • Hot water scalds in seconds. Run the cold water first and always check the temperature of bath water.
  • Hair straighteners can get very hot, very quickly and cause serious burns that scar for life, keep out of the reach of children and put them away safely after use.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Home Assessment Officers from the Environmental Health service visit homes of children aged under 5, and provide advice on issues around home safety, security and energy efficiency.

To book a visit, call the Environmental Health service on 0300 303 1777

To view the video visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/burns-safety-advice

For further information or advice on burns and scalds you can also contact the Home Safety Officer from our Environmental Health service or your health visitor.