First aid emergency: What to do in the event of Burns & Scalds

Mike Dennis
Posted by Mike Dennis

Date: Wednesday, 03 August 2016. -  
Blog, First Aid, First Aid Emergencies

Handling burns & scalds

Burns and Scalds are damage to the skin caused by heat. Both of which are treated in the same way.


A burn is caused by dry heat, for example irons, ovens, or fire. A scald is caused by wet heat, such as boiling water, oil or steam.

You should run the burn under cold water for at least 10 minutes, and then cover it with a non-fluffy sterile dressing. If there is none available, cling film works just as well!


You should never burst blisters caused by burns, or try to remove clothing stuck to the skin as a result of a burn. Creams and ointments should not be used.


You should take the casualty to a hospital if: the burn covers a large are of the body, is an infant or child, the burn is covering the face, genitals, hands, or feet. All full thickness burns should be treated in hospital immediately.


Whether you have first aid training or not, it's always useful to know how to act when a medical emergency occurs so you can be confident the casualty is being looked after - even if it's whilst waiting for an ambulance to arrive. First aid tips and advice can be a great way to ensure you know how to act should a medical emergency even occur.

For more information, contact imperative training via their website or call 0845 071 0820.