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Should I call 9-1-1 for someone who has been burned?

You should always call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number if the burned person has:
  • Trouble breathing
  • Burns covering more than one body part or a large surface area
  • Suspected burns to the airway. Burns to the mouth and nose may be a sign of this.
  • Burns to the head, neck, hands, feet or genitals
  • A full-thickness burn and the person is younger than 5 years or older than 60 years
  • A burn caused by chemicals, explosions, or electricity

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