For Immediate Release
May 30, 2001

Jackie Smith
Supervisor, Injury Prevention
Peel Health
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 2568

Prevention of Scalds and Burns Focus of Safe Kids Week In Peel

(Brampton) - Peel Health has joined forces with Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services to raise awareness of the dangers of scalds and burns as part of national Safe Kids Week, May 28 to June 3, 2001.

Burns are a significant cause of severe injury and death among young children across Canada and Peel Region. Scalds caused by contact with hot liquids are one of the most common causes of burns. Approximately 10 per cent of scalds come as a result of hot tap water.

Parents and caregivers can help protect their children from scalds and burns by taking four simple steps:

  1. Lower the temperature on their hot water heater to 49 degrees Celsius, or use anti-scald
    devices on taps.
  2. Keep children safely out of the way when cooking or making hot drinks.
  3. Keep hot drinks away from children, and put a lid on hot drinks, even at home.
  4. Test the batteries in all smoke alarms every month, and replace the batteries once a year.

Safe Kids Canada, the national injury prevention program of The Hospital for Sick Children, has designated May 28 to June 3, 2001 as Safe Kids Week. This year, the focus of Safe Kids Week is scalds and burns. Safe Kids Week is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and supported by Hydro One. Over 300 other partners, including Peel Health, and Brampton, Caledon, and Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services, are promoting the scalds and burns campaign across the country.

To obtain more information on scalds and burns, visit the Safe Kids Canada Web site at, or call 1-888-SAFE TIPS. For more information on Safe Kids Week events in Peel, call Health Line Peel at 905-799-7700.


Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail

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