REMOVE, COOL, COVER, SEEK

Remove all jewellery from around the burn area. Remove any clothing around the burn area unless it is stuck to the skin.

Cool the burn under cool running water for 20 minutes. This will stop the burning process which can continue for 2-3 hours if not cooled sufficiently.

NEVER use ice, oil, butter or ointments as this can further damage the skin.

Cover the burn loosely with cling wrap or a clean, damp lint-free cloth. This will reduce the chance of infection.

Seek immediate medical advice if the burn is:

  • larger than a 20 cent coin
  • on the face, hands, groin or feet
  • deep or infected
  • caused by chemicals, electricity or if signs of inhalation injury (blackening around mouth or nostrils, swelling of airways) are evident

In an Emergency call 000.

For further medical information contact your local Burns Unit or Hospital.

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FIRST AID QUICK GUIDE
In an emergency call 000
1. REMOVE
Remove any clothing and jewellery from the affected area to allow effective cooling of the burn.
2. COOL
Cool the burn under cool running water for 20 minutes - this will stop the burning process and also help ease the pain.
3. COVER
Cover the burn with a clean lint free cloth or if it is a large area, cover loosely with cling wrap to lessen the chance of infection.
4. SEEK
Seek medical advice if the burn is larger than a 20 cent piece or on the face, hands, feet or groin area.