A fire chief visited nursery school youngsters to talk to them about avoiding the risks of being burnt ahead of Halloween celebrations.
Chief fire officer for Beds Fire and Rescue Service Paul Fuller went to Bedford’s Haven 2000 nursery and pre-school ahead of National Burns Awareness Day taking place tomorrow (October 21).
He said: “Children need to be aware of the risks of being burnt. They are increasingly wearing fancy dress costumes not only at times like Halloween but also throughout the year as they dress up as film characters and superheroes. It’s not uncommon for them to wear these costumes to bed as well and this is increasing the chance of a terrible accident.”
Mr Fuller, who is also a trustee of the Children’s Burns Trust, revealed that a child’s skin is 15 times thinner than an adults and a burn or scald at a young age could need years of repeated surgery as a child grows because the scar tissue does not grow with them.
“We need to make sure that we protect children from this painful life,” he said. “To do this, we need to recognise that everyday things such as running baths, leaving hair straighteners or saucepans unattended, and even having a hot cuppa, can be potential dangers to children.”
He said the Chief Fire Officer’s Association and the Children’s Burns Trust will be working with the government to ensure parents are aware of the potential dangers of fancy dress costumes and campaign for regulations to be improved.
Manager at Haven 2000 in Clapham Road, Maria Riley, said: “We gathered up all our fancy dress costumes and discovered they either didn’t have any labels or the labels they had said ‘keep away from fire’. We tried to buy costumes that weren’t flammable but couldn’t find any that said they were flame retardant. So we got masks for the children to wear instead. We’ll be passing on the information the chief gave us to parents not just about costumes but hot drinks as well.”
To find out more about tomorrow’s National Burns Awareness Day visit www.cbtrust.org.uk.
For advice on about fire safety and Halloween, bonfire night and Dawali visit the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service at www.bedsfire.com