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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Thank you to the team at Fluid.Leah the practical assessor was great, explained techniques well, easy to follow instructions. The class was relaxed and fun which made the experience all the better. The online theory was good as well, easy to follow the navigate.read more
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Finally, a first aid course that uses female manikins! This is so important and I hope it catches on. The course itself was great, as I found Leah's explanations easy to follow and liked that they do a combination of videos, talking and practical stuff. Will definitely use these guys in future.read more
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