Prevention and Education

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Benjamin Franklin

No burn at all is the best outcome, however we know that, unfortunately, accidents can and will happen.

Prevention is the best approach, and we are committed to raising awareness of burn risks.

The Foundation believes that education is at the heart of burn prevention, and education needs to be targeted to different demographics that represent different risks.

Through our unique work within population health research and our Burns Injury Management System (BIMS) and burn registries, we identify ‘at risk’ groups within the population and we work closely with specialist burns education organisations. We collaborate with the other Australian States & Territories and New Zealand, to share prevention activities, resources and knowledge. 

Examples of groups identified as high risk for burn injury are:

  • young children between one and two years of age -  hot drink scalds - at least a third of these children require skin grafts
  • older adults- scald injury due to poor mobility and related health issues
  • child campers - hot ash burns to feet from running through hot sand/embers of partially extinguished campfires
  • young males -  at a higher risk of injury from campfires and bonfires to which they add an accelerant, such as petrol.

In addition to education programs, changes in laws and standards have proven to be effective in burn prevention.

For example, the introduction of fire retardant clothing standards has had the single largest impact to reduce burn injury rates, while legislation around the use and sale of temperature regulators on hot water systems, fireworks, candles, sky lanterns and electrical appliances has also proved important.

 The Burns Service of WA, regularly visits regional and remote areas of WA to educate the community about burns first aid and emergency management.

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