With burns and scalds the aim of first aid is to stop the burning process and protect the wound.

  • Firstly cool down the burn by placing it under cold running water for at least 10 minutes. This will reduce the pain and swelling.

  • Remove all clothing and jewellery from the affected area, unless it is attached to the burn. Do not try to remove clothes that are stuck to a burn.

  • Once the burn is cooled, cover with cling film (if available) – this will help stop infection. Place the cling film lengthways just to cover the area loosely - there is no need to wrap and seal the cling film round the area 

  • A clean plastic bag can be used to cover a burn on the foot or hand

  • Call an ambulance if necessary. If you are not sure how severe the burn is seek advice. Burns to the face, hands or genitals require immediate medical advice. 

  • Avoid using any creams or lotions

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