Kidsafe NSW promotes child injury prevention and education in an effort to preserve and protect the lives of our children.

Burns and Scalds Prevention

National Burns Awareness Month (NBAM) 2020

National Burns Awareness Month (NBAM) aims to drive greater awareness amongst the Australian community of burns prevention and the correct first aid treatment for burns.

National Burns Awareness Month is an initiative of Kidsafe, Australia’s leading community organisation dedicated to child injury prevention, and held in June each year as there is a significantly increased risk of burns during winter.

Hot Drinks Burn Like Fire

Burns and scalds are a major cause of serious injury in children from newborn to 14 years old. Children under four years, especially those aged between one and two years are most at risk due to their increased mobility and natural curiosity.

Kidsafe NSW, with the support of the Julian Burton Burns Trust and Clipsal by Schneider Electric, would like to remind everyone that HOT DRINKS BURN LIKE FIRE. 

Burns and scalds of children aged 0-4 years, are a leading cause of injury resulting in hospitalisation.  Most happen at home and are largely preventable. 

Scalds of young children are often caused when a parent or carer is having a hot drink and a child is nearby or in the arms of an adult.

To keep children safe from scalds:

  • Don’t hold your child when having a hot drink
  • Keep kettles, jugs, mugs and cups out of reach
  • Place burn or scald under cool running water for 20 minutes

Click the links below for the HOT DRINKS BURN LIKE FIRE infographic in the following languages:

Cool runnings

Click here for access to the Cool runnings app, infographics and quizzes.

Click here for all of the Cool runnings videos!

Cool Runnings is a collaboration between Australian technology company iPug, the Centre for Children’s Burns and Trauma Research, Queensland University of Technology, and the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Program.

Learn to Stop BurnsLearn to Stop Burns!

The Burns Unit, Kids Health and Kidsafe NSW have developed an interactive burns prevention program, designed for use with school aged students an

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ir parents. The game allows entry to a virtual home where individual rooms may be navigated to search for the potential burn dangers in everyday life. Click here to enter


For more information refer to the following information sheets and resources:

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