First Aid for Burns

Types of Burns

Minor Burns

  • Cool the burn to help ease the pain. Hold under running water for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove tight items before the area swells.
  • Apply moisturizer, aloe vera lotion or gel. It may cause some pain relief.
  • Take an over the counter pain reliever.
  • If necessary consider a tetanus shot.

Major Burns

  • First you must call 911 or emergency medical help.
  • Protect the burned person from any more harm.
  • Check for signs of circulation. If none found CPR should take place.
  • Remove any items from body because the body will swell quickly.
  • Do not put burns in cold water. This could lead to even more harm like hypothermia.
  • Raise and elevate the burned area.