Occupational Health & Safety in the Work place In any working environment, employees can be injured or fall ill whilst performing their duties. Regardless of whether or not their injuries (or illness) were caused as a result of the work they...
It’s almost time for that one night of the year when things go bang, and everyone seems to get up to some kind of mischief. Yes, Guy Fawkes is almost upon us and whether you celebrate it in the Traditional British Bonfire style or give it a more local and...
Children grow fast and can reach new dangerous things every day that can burn them. Being consciously aware of possible risks and making provisions is an important factor in burn prevention. Below are a few tips in preventing scald burns with children....
Did you know... Burnshield does not need to be stored in a refrigerator. It can be stored between anywhere -10 and +40ºC Burnshield products have a 5 year shelf life from date of manufacture Burnshield can be used as a method to treat sunburn Burnshield...
MEDICA is the world’s largest event for the medical sector. For more than 40 years it has been firmly established on every expert’s calendar. There are many reasons why MEDICA is so unique. Firstly, the event is the largest medical trade fair in the...
Nappies… check. Wipes… check. Rash cream… check… bottle... check. Pacifier... check. And the list goes on for all the essential items needed for packing your daily nappy bag. You're pretty much prepared with everything you know your baby will need without a...
There are five types of burns namely Thermal Burns, Chemical Burns, Electrical Burns, Friction Burns and Radiation Burns. All of them are treated in the same way. Thermal and chemical being the most visible, while electric and radiation are more...
Burnshield treats all types of burns with a variety of ranges in Hydrogels and Dressings. What to keep in mind when treating younger burn victims? Should your child suffer a burn, there are certain things that you should and shouldn't do to help them...
Everything you need to know to keep your kids safe from burns and scalds. The smell of cookies baking in the oven or tasty sauces simmering on the stovetop is hard to resist for adults and kids alike. Here are a few simple steps to keep your little chef safe...
When the temperatures drop and chilly nights set in, many of us turn to all types of hot water bottles for comfort and warmth. These cozy companions have been around for centuries, providing a soothing heat that helps us relax and sleep better. However, it’s important to be aware of the potential dangers they can […]
Radiation burn or radiation dermatitis is a common side effect of external beam radiation therapy to treat some forms of cancer. While it can be highly effective in destroying cancer cells, radiation can also damage healthy tissue in the surrounding area. The treatment isn’t painful. But it can make skin swell, sore, peel, itch or turn […]
Old wives’ tales are traditional beliefs that have been passed down over generations, often without any scientific evidence to support them. When it comes to burn treatment, there are several old wives’ tales that people may still believe in. However, it’s important to note that these remedies have not been scientifically proven to be effective […]
Welcome, friends! Did you know that every year, globally a total of 8,378,122 new cases of burns are identified? That’s a staggering number, and it’s why burn awareness is so important. Fortunately, there are steps we can take to prevent burns and stay safe. We have something special for you – In proud collaboration with […]
🔥Dr Coffee NEW EPISODE!!🔥 Dr Coffee is proud to present this episode in collaboration with the Smile Foundation SA & Burnshield. The month of May has been marked as BURNS AWARENESS MONTH by the National Burns Association of South Africa (NBASA), with a key focus on this week 6th – 12th of May 2023. We were […]
Burns and scalds can be painful and traumatic injuries, and they can also lead to a range of complications that can be both physically and emotionally distressing. From shock, heat exhaustion, infections and scarring to hypothermia and respiratory complications, there are many potential complications that can arise from a burn or scald injury.It’s important to […]
A much debated question, to pop or not to pop that blister. Blisters can form from a burn injury at different stages depending on the severity of the burn. The the body’s immune system responds to the injury by releasing fluid to help protect and heal the affected area. In general, blisters can form within minutes to […]
It’s that time of the year again when we remind ourselves about the importance of fire safety and the dangers of burns. Welcome to Burn Awareness Month, a time to educate ourselves about burn prevention, treatment, and recovery. Whether it’s a minor kitchen burn or a serious chemical burn, burns can have a significant impact […]
How does one determine if they need a First Aid kit or not? For most people, they ask themselves that ultimate burning question, “do I need a first aid kit?”. A kit is a highly recommended “nice-to-have” purchase. It is something we don’t think about until we absolutely need them, If you have children around the house, […]
Expert tips on avoiding and treating sunburn Soaring temperatures have an impact on our bodies – justifying the health watch alerts for heat that have been issued in recent days – with our skin particularly susceptible to the sun. Protecting skin in a heatwave is essential! Experts from online pharmacist The Independent Pharmacy are advising people to take the heat […]
The 95th ultimate human race will take place this weekend, Sunday 28 August 2022. The legendary Comrades Marathon is the world’s oldest and largest Ultramarathon run between Durban and Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal. This year’s ‘down’ run will start in Pietermaritzburg, taking on the challenging ‘Big Five’ set of hills. Life is a marathon. The camaraderie, […]
Each year during winter, thousands of people are injured and or die due to paraffin-related fires, spillages, ingestion and toxic fume inhalation incidents. For South African energy impoverished communities paraffin is “life” and are dependent on it as a domestic fuel – mainly for cooking – but also for heating and lighting. South Africa’s energy […]
It’s no secret that South Africans enjoy a lekker braai. (Braai [br-eye] is a widely used noun and verb for an outdoor ‘barbecue’ where meat is cooked over a fire or coals). This delectable and enjoyable experience may not be in the kitchen but this cooking method still needs some burn awareness as it also […]
Cooking is the leading cause of reported home fires and burn injuries. However, the number of fire cooking burns are far less than non-fire cooking burns. Non-fire cooking burns are contact burns with dry and wet heat. Dry heat, for example, is a hot stove or hot cookware. Wet heat for example, is hot cooking liquids, hot food and steam […]
The Microwave has been a marvellous invention! Aside from time-saving cooking, this appliance can practically do anything from grilling to defrosting. However, there are some limitations. Microwave hazards can occur when using the wrong material or heating up the wrong food inside. MICROWAVE HAZARDS TO AVOID Aluminum Foil The most commonly-used household item you should […]
“Burning issues in the kitchen” is the theme for the 2022 National Burn Awareness Week. Majority of preventable burn injuries continue to occur in homes, where thousands of children every year experience scalds, fire-related injuries, and electrical burns. Many of these incidents might have been easily prevented by following and implementing some basic safety tips. […]
In the blink of an eye a fire can escalate quickly, causing destruction and chaos in its wake. Do you know what procedures to adhere to?
Whether celebrating Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas or more, fire safety precaution needs to be taken this festive season. Many hallmarks of the holiday season, including decorations, cooking, baking, and Christmas trees, present potential fire hazards that contribute to an annual increase in home fires. Taking extra time out for safety can seem like a tall order, luckily […]
You may do your utmost best to protect your skin from the sun, and you know very well that you should be wearing SPF every day. It’s even more important to put sunscreen on before you spend time out in the sun—and reapply it regularly. But, there’s a lot going on right now, and we understand if it slipped […]
Safety tips for what to do before during and after
Some of the most common electrical safety hazards include power outlets that are: Sparking Have visible burn marks or smell like smoke Making buzzing or popping sounds Are hot to the touch Have attracted ants and pests Are outdated and require replacement Are not weatherproofed Are exposed and accessible to children In these circumstances, it’s […]
From 6 – 12 May 2021, South Africans acknowledge National Burn Awareness Week. Because of the dedication to helping prevent burn injuries, Burnshield’s theme this year is electrical burns #NBAW Electrical Safety Around the Home and Office. The focus being on the alphabetical letters from A – Z on electrical safety, with the aim to […]
It can be easy to forget that the batteries you use to power your toys, electronics, household appliances, and vehicles are actually filled with dangerous chemicals like battery acid. When a battery is damaged, liquid battery acid can leak out and put you at risk. Battery acid on your skin needs to be treated right […]
South Africa has dedicated May as National Burn Awareness Month and focuses specifically between 6 – 12 May 2021, for National Burn Awareness Week. Because of the dedication to helping prevent burn injuries, Burnshield’s theme this year is electrical burns. The focus being on the alphabetical letters from A – Z on electrical safety, with […]
How to determine the body surface area of a burn is vital during the initial management of treating burn victims. The measurement of burn surface area is important during the initial management of treating victims with burns for estimating fluid requirements and determining need for transfer to an emergency burns unit. The extent of injury […]
Cooking is often a relaxing and fun task that brings family and friends together, but unattended cooking is also the leading cause of fires in the kitchen and home injuries. Being mindful while you cook, however, can go a long way to helping prevent these fires. Here is everything you need to know about cooking […]
We conducted a live Q&A with ArriveAlive and in proud partnership, they have generously shared several pages of Burnshield content on their website, focusing on the treatment of burns, threats to safety presented by fire, electricity and other factors contributing to burn injuries. We would like to present the following interview which we transcribed for our […]
Burns in South Africa: Who is at risk? There is a high incidence of burn injuries in South Africa. The root causes of this need to be addressed, but simply being aware of the risks is enough to increase vigilance and prevention. Burns are extremely painful, often life-threatening injuries that take a long time to […]
Burnshield Emergency Burncare Sterile Trauma Hydrogel The Burnshield hydrogel range is compact, light weight and sterile. All hydrogels can be used for minor burns and scalds. Burnshield is suitable for all types of burns: fire, thermal & scalding, chemical, radiation and electrical. With its high water content Burnshield hydrogel cools and soothes by absorbing and […]
Heating tools usually make our lives much easier — a few strokes of a flat iron or twists of a curling iron and your desired look is achieved. But special care needs to be taken when playing with fire. Did you leave your curling or straightening iron plugged in? Make sure to have a conversation with your […]
Paraffin, also known as kerosene, is among the most frequently used fuels for cooking, lighting and heating among people living in South Africa. Paraffin is relatively inexpensive to produce and consume and a wide range of appliances are equipped to burn it, but it can endanger human health from burns and poisoning. RISKS Paraffin is […]
Many nicotine consumers are unable or unwilling to kick the habit and, increasingly, many are resorting to vaping (Electronic cigarettes or EVPs) as an alternative. We do not condone nor advocate smoking, we would however like to share some safety tips this Burn Awareness Week should a person choose in their own capacity to vape. […]
Burns are not just caused by getting too close to a fire or accidentally hitting the inside edge of the oven when you are cooking. The 2020 Burn Awareness Week Campaign is Contact Burns – Hot Surfaces Damage Skin! Take a look at these surprising statistics related to this year’s theme. Roughly 70,000 people went to the […]
🔥🔥🔥 Did you know 70% of burn injuries occur in the home of which 60% are children under 5 years old? This week we observe National Burns Awareness Week and have partnered with BabyYumYum to learn about the dangers that exist, what can be done to decrease the risk of an injury and how treat […]
Aquashield is a health, sports and hygiene range manufactured by Burnshield® and is proud to announce the addition of a new product range – hand sanitisers. Aquashield anti-microbial hand sanitiser, is a fast acting antiseptic which kills 99% of germs & protects against the spread of infection. This quick drying formulation is safe and gentle […]
We understand the measures people are willing to take to avoid catching COVID-19 let alone the general flu. However some methods are more fiction than fact. There are lots of variations of the advice suggesting heat kills the virus, from recommending drinking hot water to taking hot baths, or using hairdryers. One post, copied and […]
Coronavirus is here, along with panic which has unfortunately caused major unconventional and rather concerning cleansing practices and methods. Good hygiene throughout our lives are essential, so lets get cracking on some myths and old wives tales regarding basic hygiene. No. Spraying alcohol, chlorine or cleaning detergents all over your body will NOT kill viruses […]
The celebration of love, hearts and chocolate is a wonderful time of year, but it does pose its own unique set of safety hazards. It is easy to be caught up in the romance of Valentine’s Day. From the flowers to the romantic candlelight dinners, you have a lot going on, chances are you will […]
A burn takes a second to occur and a lifetime to heal if treated incorrectly. The first 24 hours are the most crucial as a burn progresses and deepens over time. Applying Burnshield in the first 24 hours minimises damage. Burnshield is suitable for all types of burns including fire, thermal & scalding, chemical, radiation […]
The majority of childhood accidents occur in a familiar place. Mediclinic and ER24 paramedics explain, kids are particularly at risk of burn injuries caused by household fires. Infographic on crucial information needed for burn awareness and burn safety. Posted on 3 December 2019. /www.mediclinicinfohub.co.za/ensure-safety-in-the-home-this-summer/
4 TICKETS are up for grabs to see the new John Cena movie “Playing with Fire” opening in SK theatres this Friday nationwide. Enter now by: Going to our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BurnshieldZA/ Liking this competition post Comment on this post: #Burnshield #CoolTheBurn Entries are now open and close on 4 Dec’19. The Winner will be chosen […]
MEDICA is the world’s largest event for the medical sector. For more than 40 years it has been firmly established on every expert’s calendar. The Medica conference is dedicated to providing and educating people, from all over the world, about the newest technologies available in the medical field. There are many reasons why MEDICA is […]
We know that hot, dry and windy weather increases the risk of fires starting, but here’s what we know about what actually provides the spark. The nine categories of bushfire ignition Fire investigators have nine categories for the ignition sources of fires: Smoking: Smoking isn’t as common a source of bushfire ignition as we might think. […]
Occupational Health & Safety in the Work place In any working environment, employees can be injured or fall ill whilst performing their duties. Regardless of whether or not their injuries (or illness) were caused as a result of the work they perform, it is the duty of the employer to ensure they receive immediate and […]
It’s almost time for that one night of the year when things go bang, and everyone seems to get up to some kind of mischief. Yes, Guy Fawkes is almost upon us and whether you celebrate it in the Traditional British Bonfire style or give it a more local and lekker flavour, one thing is […]
Children grow fast and can reach new dangerous things every day that can burn them. Being consciously aware of possible risks and making provisions is an important factor in burn prevention. Below are a few tips in preventing scald burns with children. Establish a “No Kids Zone” in the kitchen. Safe play areas should be […]
Did you know… Burnshield does not need to be stored in a refrigerator. It can be stored between anywhere -10 and +40ºC Burnshield products have a 5 year shelf life from date of manufacture Burnshield can be used as a method to treat sunburn Burnshield is suitable for all types of burns: fire, thermal & scalding, […]
MEDICA is the world’s largest event for the medical sector. For more than 40 years it has been firmly established on every expert’s calendar. There are many reasons why MEDICA is so unique. Firstly, the event is the largest medical trade fair in the world – it attracted more than 5,100 exhibitors from 70 countries in 17 […]
Nappies… check. Wipes… check. Rash cream… check… bottle… check. Pacifier… check. And the list goes on for all the essential items needed for packing your daily nappy bag. You’re pretty much prepared with everything you know your baby will need without a doubt. But do you have the most essential item needed for those “just-in-case” […]