In case you haven’t felt the early morning chill yet, well… it’s June and that means Winter is here.

Pour a hot cuppa, stoke the coals, fuel the heater or hug your favourite hot water bottle!

There’s quite a lot about getting warm that involves hot or boiling elements which is why it’s a good time to brush on on your burns first aid.

The severity of a burn can be very deceptive and seemingly small burn injuries can cause a rapid decline in the person’s condition.

It’s critical you understand the basic first aid steps to treat a burn, but particularly which burns and symptoms that require emergency medical treatment…

How to treat a burn in 4 steps

burns first aid step 1 remove jewellery

Remove

Remove any jewellery or constricting items if possible without causing damage.
DO NOT remove clothing or jewellery that is stuck to the burn.

burns first aid step 2 cool the burn

Cool

Cool the burn with room-temperature running water for 20 minutes.
KEEP THE PERSON WARM and look for signs of shock (pale, cold, clammy skin)

burns first aid step 3 Cover the burn

Cover

Cover with non-adhesive dressing or plastic cling film.
Make sure it won’t stick to the burn!

burns first aid step 4 call an ambulance

Call

Call for an ambulance by dialling 000 (in Australia) for…

  • Airway burns
  • Burns to sensitive areas – face, hands, feet, major joints and private areas
  • Burns that penetrate the skin
  • Electrical, chemical and cold burns
  • Shock symptoms
  • Burns to vulnerable people – small children, elderly and those with other medical conditions
  • Any burns greater than the size of the victim’s hand

burn first aid Do Nots

The DO NOTS…

  • DO NOT remove any clothing stuck to the burn
  • DO NOT use ice or iced water
  • DO NOT break blisters or peel skin
  • DO NOT apply any lotions, ointments, creams or powders other than hydro-gelsNOTE: Burn Aid gel and other hydrogel products are great for cooling minor burns but are not recommended for significant burns.

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