What to do When a Burn Occurs
- Call 911. Make the call for help immediately
- DO NOT RUN. Running makes the burn injury worse
- Stop the burning process
- Remove the heat
- Pour water over burned area for 10-15 minutes
- Stop, drop, and roll
- If clothes catch fire, smother the flames. Remove all burned clothing , as it may retain heat and cause deeper injuries. If clothes adhere to skin, cut or tear around adherent area.
- Do not apply ointments or butter, as they may cause infections due to their oil base and provoke deeper injury
For Minor Burn Injuries
- Use an antiseptic spray to relieve and prevent infection.
- Cover with a clean, dry dressing.
- Wash daily with soap and water and change dressing.
- If wound begins to drain excessively or have a foul odor seek immediate medical attention
Larger Surface Area Burns
- Burns larger than a fist, cool the area as suggested above, cover with a dry clean dressing, then seek medical attention immediately
Assisting Electrically Injured Victim
- Do not touch victim if he/she is still in touch with the source of electricity.
- Remove all jewelry, belts, tight clothing from burned area. Swelling of burned area occurs immediately