What To Do When Burned
Get medical help if:
- Burn is second-degree
- Burn covers more than 5% of your body (even if it is only a first-degree burn)
- Stop the heat immediately. The faster you cool the burn, the less severe the injury. Flushing with cool water is best, but if necessary, use a cold non-alcoholic beverage. Don't use ice, and don't use salt water.
- Remove clothing, rings, belts, shoes, before swelling occurs.
- For chemical burns, flush the area for 20 minutes with cool water.
- Cover the burn with a sterile dressing or band aid.
- Elevate the burned limb to relieve swelling and soreness.
- Loss of body heat is a concern with burns covering a large area. Cover the injured person with a dry sheet for warmth.
Here's what NOT to do:
- Do not apply butter, grease, or ointment.
- Do not break blisters.
- Do not remove clothing that sticks to burn. Cut clothing away if necessary.
- Burn Pain Management