National Burn Awareness Day is organised by the Children’s Burns Trust in collaboration with the British Burn Association.

A burn injury is for life. The scars are physical as well as psychological, and can present life-long challenges for the individual and their families.

What many people don’t know is that children and the elderly are the most vulnerable, and the majority of injuries occur as a result of an accident that could so easily have been prevented.

Did you know that 30 children go to hospital every day with a hot drink burn? It’s scary to think that something as common as a tea or coffee can have such devastating effects, but a burn injury really is for life.

7,661 children were burned or scalded in 2021 alone in England and Wales. This figure doesn’t include the thousands seen and discharged in A&E. These are the children who were so badly injured they had to be admitted to a Specialist Burns Unit.

That’s why we’re supporting National Burn Awareness Day on Wednesday 12 October 2022.

You can help to keep children safe by:

iHV is proud to support the #SafeTea campaign launching today (16 October), on National Burns Awareness Day, and as one of the foundation SafeTea ambassadors. SafeTea is a national campaign which aims to reduce hot drink burns to young children, and improve first aid to children who have been burned.

Parents are being urged to take care with hot drinks in a UK-wide campaign to tackle the most common cause of burns to young children.

Burns and scalds are common injuries to children, and each year more than 50,000 children attend hospital with burns. The peak age for burns is in infants and toddlers between 8 and 18 months of age , where the most common cause is a burn from a hot drink. This means that across the UK 30 babies and toddlers are taken to hospital every day for treatment of a hot drink burn.

These injuries are preventable!

We encourage all health visitors to view and download the resources that are available on the SafeTea website and share the link with colleagues and friends.

Resource packs of printed material can also be ordered on the website for health visitors who are going to promote the SafeTea messages with families and with parent groups.

Request a pack of materials (flyers, fridge magnets, reach chart, badges) to use to promote the SafeTea messages with families.

Wear the ‘I am supporting SafeTea’ lapel badge.

If you work with parent groups, consider running some SafeTea activity sessions; activity resources are available to download from

The key messages of the campaign are:


  • Keep hot drinks away from young children
  • Don’t pass a hot drink over a child
  • Never hold a baby and a hot drink at the same time
  • Make a SafeTea zone: a safe place for hot drinks in your home, out of reach of small children

Organisations and groups are invited to become SafeTea Ambassadors.

The role of ambassadors is to:

  • disseminate information about the SafeTea campaign
  • promote the campaign messages
  • encourage individuals to get involved by using the materials and becoming supporters

Register to become an ambassador by sending an email: [email protected]

The SafeTea Pledge

Preventing hot drink burns from happening is simple: always keep hot drinks well away from small children. Take a moment to think about where it’s safe to drink a hot drink in your home.

Take the SafeTea pledge:

  • I will always keep hot drinks out of children’s reach
  • I will never pass a hot drink over a child
  • I will never hold my child whilst holding a hot drink
  • I will make a SafeTea zone for hot drinks at home

The SafeTea website

Ambassadors and supporters can find out more about the SafeTea campaign and register their interest to get involved. Material is available to download from the website, and promotion packs for professional supporters to use with parents can be requested and will be posted out.

Further to the updated iHV resources shared yesterday, as part of Child Accident Prevention Trust’s Child Safety Week 2019 (3-9 June), we are delighted to share 2 more updated resources for families and parents.

Continuing the week’s theme of Family life today: where’s the risk? today’s updated resources are:

Updated Parent Tips – Safety in the Home/Burns and Scalds

  • These Parent Tips give parents and families tips on how to reduce burns and scalds. Babies and young children are especially at risk from burns — they’re naturally curious and have sensitive skin that needs extra protection.

Updated Parent Tips – Safety in the Home/Falls

  •  These Parent Tips give parents and families tips on how to reduce falls. Falls are by far the most common cause of accidents in the home so it’s important to be aware of dangers posed by stairs, high chairs and changing tables.