In An Emergency

If someone is burned

  • Stop the burning process. Separate the victim from the heat source; if there are flames, smother them with a thick blanket or wet towel. Remove clothing and jewelry.
  • Cool the burned area with lukewarm or cool water for up to 10 minutes.
  • Cover the burned area with a clean, dry cloth—a sheet or pillowcase works well.
    Do not:
    • Apply ice
    • Spread butter, ointments or home remedies over the burn
    • Break burn blisters
  • If there are no blisters and the burn victim is alert and breathing normally, call your family doctor for instruction.
  • If the burned area is blistered or bleeding, or if the burn victim is unconscious or is having trouble breathing, seek emergency medical treatment immediately or call 911.