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Burns & scalds

British Red Cross: First aid for burns


Watch the video, in which Gemma is treated for a burn and use the information on this page to remind yourself how to help someone who has been burned.

A burn is caused by dry heat. This can be caused by an iron or fire, for example. A scald is caused by something wet, such as hot water or steam. Read more to find out about first aid for burns and scalds and when it is important to seek medical attention.

NHS: Burns and scalds


Burns can be very painful and can cause blisters and charred, black or red skin. Read more about the symptoms of burns and scalds, including the different types of burn. Find out when to get professional medical attention.

St John Ambulance: Burns and scalds first aid


Simple first aid advice on treating severe and minor burns and scalds.

Patient: Burns and Scalds 


Following a burn or scald, make sure you and the affected person are safe from further burns or danger - then cool a burnt or scalded area immediately with cool water (preferably running water) for at least 20 minutes. This leaflet also gives further advice.

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