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How should I care for a heat burn?

Follow these basic steps when caring for a heat burn:
  • Check the scene for safety.
  • Stop the burning by removing the person from the source of the burn.
  • Check for life-threatening conditions.
  • As soon as possible, cool the burn with large amounts of cold running water, at least until pain is relieved.
  • Cover the burn loosely with a sterile dressing.
  • Take steps to minimize shock. Keep the person from getting chilled or overheated. Comfort and reassure the person.
DO NOT:
  • Do not apply ice or ice water to any burn. Ice and ice water can cause the body to lose heat rapidly and further damages body tissues.
  • Do not touch a burn with anything except a clean covering.
  • Do not remove pieces of clothing that stick to the burned area.
  • Do not try to clean a severe burn.
  • Do not break blisters.
  • Do not use any kind of ointment on a severe burn.

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