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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:

  1. Remove clothing from the burned areas, except clothing stuck to the skin.
  2. Run cool (not cold) water over the burn until the pain lessens.
  3. 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)

Think Prevention!

    • You can help prevent burns by being careful when using candles, space heaters, and curling irons.

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