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Burns and Scalds

Severe Burns

  • Start cooling the burn immediately under running water for at least 10 minutes.
  • Dial 999 for an ambulance.
  • Make the casualty as comfortable as possible, lie them down. Continue to pour copious amounts of cold water over the burn for at least 10 minutes or until the pain is relieved.
  • Whilst wearing disposable gloves, remove jewellery, watch or clothing from the affected area - unless it is sticking to the skin.
  • Cover the burn with clean, non-fluffy material to protect from infection. Cloth, a clean plastic bag or kitchen film all make good dressings.
  • Raise the area to reduce swelling.
  • Treat for shock.

Minor Burns

For minor burns, hold the affected area under cold water for at least 10 minutes or until the pain subsides. Remove jewellery etc. and cover the burn as detailed above.
If a minor burn is larger than a postage stamp it requires medical attention. All deep burns of any size require urgent hospital treatment.

On all burns:

  • Do not use lotions, ointments and creams.
  • Do not use adhesive dressings.
  • Do not break blisters.