Burns from fire or other sources of heat range from mild to life threatening, some burns can be treated at home; others need emergency medical care.
What to Do:
- Remove clothing from the burned areas, except clothing stuck to the skin.
- Run cool (not cold) water over the burn until the pain lessens.
- Lightly apply a gauze bandage if it’s a small first-degree burn.
Seek emergency medical care if:
- It’s a second-degree (a more severe burn and usually result in blisters and more intense redness) or third-degree (the deepest burn and may be painless due to nerve damage) burn
- The burned area is large (cover the area with a clean, soft cloth or towel)
- The burn came from a fire, an electrical wire or socket, or chemicals
- The burn is on the face, scalp, hands, or genitals
- The burn looks infected (with swelling, pus, or increasing redness or red streaking of the skin near the wound)
- You can help prevent burns by being careful when using candles, space heaters, and curling irons.