Get involved in the #SafeTea campaign

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.


  • 16 Oct 2019
  • Useful Information

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.

The SafeTea campaign is based on evidence collected by researchers from Cardiff University, the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, and is using materials tested in collaboration with early years staff and parents of young children.  Research shows that more than 50,000 children in the UK attend hospital with burns each year, with the majority happening to children under five. Hot drinks account for 60% of hospital attendances with burns in children under 3 years – or 30 young children every day.

Professor Alison Kemp, from Cardiff University’s School of Medicine, who led on the research, said: “There are thousands of incidents of hot drink scalds every year, where potentially devastating injuries could be prevented with a few simple steps. Burns from hot drinks can cause serious and extensive skin damage to a young child, with lifelong scarring and the need for sustained medical treatment into adulthood. That’s why we are reminding parents to keep hot drinks well out of reach.Hot drinks can cause damage to a child’s skin even after 30 minutes. If a child is burned, the recommended first aid is to cool the area under running water for 20 minutes”.

The key messages of SafeTea are:

  • keep hot drinks out of reach of children
  • never pass a hot drink over a child
  • never hold a drink and a baby at the same time.
  • make a SafeTea zone: a safe place for hot drinks at home, out of reach of small children

If a child is burned, the correct first aid is COOL CALL COVER:

COOL the area under running water for 20 minutes
CALL NHS Direct or 999
COVER the area with clingfilm. The moments following a burn are the most critical time for preventing long-term damage and scarring.

For more information, go to the SafeTea website: