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Emergency Burn Care

More than 2 million injuries and 7,000 deaths occur in the United States as a result of fire and burns. The leading cause of burn injury in adults is Flame and Scalding is the leading cause of burn injury in children. Run cool water on the area for several minutes. This will cool the burn and prevent or reduce swelling.

Common sense and actively trying to prevent burns are the best ways to protect yourself, but knowing how to identify and treat burns can be just as important. If you do get burned, even if it seems minor, you should always see a professional. It can prevent a serious burn from causing further damage and even save lives.

Emergency Care Tips

Remove loose clothing on burned area. But if clothing is stuck to the burn, do not try to remove it.
Cover the burn with a clean, dry bandage or cloth.
Never put creams or ointments on a burn.
If the burn is large or serious, lay the victim down and use a cover to help keep him or her warm until help arrives. Use comforting words and try to keep the victim calm.
Call for emergency help. Be prepared with details such as how the accident occurred, how large the burn is,where it is located and how serious it is.
Evaluate the degree and severity of the burn.

DO NOT become contaminated by the chemical as you give first aid.
DO NOT try to neutralize any chemical without consulting the Poison control Center or a physician.
DO NOT disturb a blister or remove dead skin from a chemical burn.
DO NOT apply any household remedy such as an ointment or salve to a chemical burn.


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