Today first aide tip will be about burns.
Depending on the severity of a burn, which is based on depth and size, you might need to see a doctor or call 911. Regardless of the severity of the injury, follow these steps to immediately treat a burn:
- Flush the burned area with cool running water for several minutes
- Call 911 for a severe burn (see below to learn if your burn is severe)
- Apply a burn ointment or spray for pain
- Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain relief if necessary
Cool the Burn
Stop the burning process by running the burn under cool water for at least five minutes. Do not use ice to cool a burn as it can lead to further injury and hypothermia. Avoid spraying burns with high pressure, just let the water run over the burned area for as long as you can.1
If an ambulance is coming, don't stop cooling the burn with running water until the ambulance arrives.