What do I do if I receive a serious burn?

Stop the burning. Remove the source of heat or chemical.

Remove burned clothing. Clothing only traps in the heat. If clothing is stuck to the skin, carefully cut the clothing loose from the surrounding areas, but do not try to peel clothing from damaged skin.

If a burn victim has clothing stuck to their skin, immediate medical attention is necessary.

Cool the burn. Hold the burned area under cool running water for 10-15 minutes. This stops the burning process and relieves pain.

Never apply ointments, salves, ice or butter to a burn. This will trap the heat and promote infection.

Cover with a clean, dry, dressing sheet.

Immediately call for medical help.


Category: Burns

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