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Uncovering Burns: What to Know and When to Call 911

CAUSES


Fire

Chemical

Electrical

Hot Liquid

Extreme Sun Exposure

TYPES


First-Degree Burns
Red Skin Without Blisters

Second-Degree Burns
Thickening Skin with Blisters

Third-Degree Burns
White, Leathery, Thickening Skin in a Large Area

TREATMENT


First-Degree and Second-Degree Burns
Soak in cool water, and apply antibiotic ointment.
Seek medical treatment if the burn affects a large area of skin.

Third-Degree Burns
Call 911 immediately.
Do not self-treat this type of burn.

PREVENTION

  • Install covers over electrical outlets.
  • Keep chemicals out of reach, and wear gloves while using them.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in your home.
  • Test smoke detectors once a month.
  • Turn pot handles away from the front of the stove.
  • Wear sunscreen.

Your safe care is our #1 priority.