Wear the correct protection for the situation – such as oven mitts/ an apron, sunscreen, extra or long clothing, etc.
Keep harmful items out of children’s reach.
- Be aware of your surroundings and keep a safe distance
- Check your smoke detectors on a regular basis
- Do not leave a room unattended with an open flame
Burn symptoms vary depending on the severity and length of exposure.
Most people experience mild symptoms for minor burns. These symptoms include:
- Dryness or peeling
Symptoms of severe burns include:
- The burn has affected a large area (over 3 inches in diameter)
- The burn site appears black, brown, white or yellow
- Dry or leather-like texture
- Pain is minimal due to nerve damage
Based on the type of your burn, several at-home treatments can help you manage your symptoms.
Types of Treatment for Minor Burns
- Antibiotic ointment
- Loose bandages
- Over-the-counter and prescription medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
- Soaking the affected area in cool water
Treatment for Severe Burns
Severe, or third-degree, burns should always be treated at the emergency room. Call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.