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Savlon – the #1 Antiseptic brand* trusted by families for 70 years – reveals its top tips to help parents avoid an incident at summer barbecues. With summer fast approaching, Savlon gives advice to make sure barbecues are fun for all the family. Little skin dramas are part and parcel of life, but Savlon helps people feel prepared for the little (and sometimes bigger) accidents that they and their families encounter.

1. Location

It may sound obvious, but many people don’t realise the importance of placing a barbecue in a suitable location. Make sure the BBQ is well away from any play equipment and garden games – the last thing you want is children playing close to a hot BBQ. To reinforce where a safe space is, ask the kids to help mark out a no-go zone around the BBQ with chalk - you want this to be approximately 2 metres.

2. Height

A lot of the nation will be using disposable barbecues this summer. Whilst these are more convenient, their design can be unintentionally dangerous for children as people tend to place them on the floor when cooking. If using a disposable BBQ, make sure it is elevated off the ground – simply placing on a table which is heat proof reduces the risk of an accident.

3. Keep the kids entertained!

Whilst barbecuing, it’s easier if children are occupied and playing, rather than being close to the chef. As mentioned, you could chalk out a no-go zone, but if your garden is too small to host a BBQ safely, maybe suggest another adult take the kids to play in the front garden or to the park whilst you're grilling.

4. Know your nearest water source

Whenever you host a barbecue, adults hosting should be familiar with where they can find water. Make sure you've located the outside tap in case of any accidents. If there isn’t an outside tap, have a bucket of cold water nearby – it can be key should anyone get burnt.

5. Know what to do if there is an accident

Our first instinct is to panic in a first aid emergency but with burns it’s imperative you don’t – quick action is key though. Whatever the size of the burn, you must get it under cool, running water immediately. Before you do this, remove any clothing which is in the way, using scissors rather than pulling if skin is stuck to the burn.

In the case of the burn being on a child, explain to them this will be uncomfortable as you will need to do it for 20 minutes (or until help arrives via 999), but it’s really important as it will help their skin feel better. Keep the rest of their body as warm as possible whilst cooling the burned area. Following at least 20 minutes of cooling under cool running water, try your best not to touch the burn and wrap the burned area in cling film or a bag to prevent infection and seek medical help.

You can then apply Savlon Burns & Scalds 0.25% Cream, which provides effective relief for minor burns and scalds. With a formulation specifically designed to treat skin, it’s a great product for your first aid kit this year.

As we continue to prepare parents across the country– the Savlon range is here to help prevent infection, provide relief and aid the natural healing of minor wounds, burns and scalds and skin reactions. Savlon has been trusted by generations with its range of products available:

* Savlon Burns & Scalds 0.25% w/w Cream – treats minor burns and scalds, with a formulation specifically designed to provide effective relief and treat the skin. With a formulation specifically designed to treat skin – available in Boots starting from RRP £4.99
* Savlon Antiseptic Cream (30g) - cleanses skin and helps prevent infection – available in Boots starting from RRP £2.40
* Savlon Scar Prevention Gel - speeds up healing, helps soothe pain, and reduce the likelihood of scarring – available in Boots starting from RRP £4.85
* Savlon Antiseptic and Pain Relief Gel - helps prevent infection and contains anaesthetic to help numb pain – available in Boots starting from RRP £5.95
* Savlon Bites & Stings Gel - a multi-action formula which soothes, helps protect against infection and relieves pain, itching & irritation caused by bites & stings – available in Boots starting from RRP £5.99.

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EI: Savlon Antiseptic Cream to cleanse and help prevent infection. Savlon Antiseptic and Pain Relief Gel and Savlon Bites & Stings Pain Relief Gel (12+ years) are indicated for topical relief of pain, itching, irritation and antiseptic protection for use on bites, stings and skin reactions. Savlon Burns & Scalds 0.25% w/w Cream. For the treatment of minor burns and scalds. Contains Chlorhexidine Gluconate. Always read the label.