80%¹ of Australians don’t know how to treat burns. Don’t be one of them. Keep your cool and get on with life by reading and remembering this simple guide.
I’m very lucky that I’ve never experienced a serious burn. However, my Baby Hands (named as such by my darling friends because they are disproportionally small!) have had more than their fair share of minor burns because I use skillets and dutch ovens so frequently and I always forget they are so heavy duty that the handles remain really hot for ages!
I really, really hope you never need to use this information. But if you do ever burn yourself, please follow this simple guide.
IMPORTANT: This is for minor superficial burns only. If you have a large full depth burn, seek emergency medical attention immediately!
1. Immediately run the burn under running cold water (if available) or stick it in a bucket of cold water for 20 minutes. YES, a full 20 minutes. It makes a difference to recovery and treatment.
2. DO NOT ice it. Do not use butter or toothpaste, or any of those old-wives tales from the past.
3. Apply a burn gel such as Burnaid. Do not apply any random cream or gel!!!
Spread the Burnaid gel gently over the burn, don’t rub it in. It will cool the burn, protect it, help with healing and helps provide pain relief.
Wrap it if required and re-apply every 30 minutes. If clothing is stuck to the burn or it’s bigger than a 20 cent piece (1″ round), get medical attention!
Burnaid is an essential for every first aid kit, I really hope you have some in yours. If you get a ready-made First Aid Kit (like a St John one, look for it in there, sometimes in sachets).
This essential guide is sponsored by Burnaid. Burnaid is for the first aid treatment of minor burns. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. www.burnaid.com.au (R) Burnaid is a registered trademark. CH-0083 Feb 2016.
You can find more information about how to treat burns on the Burnaid site here.
THANK YOU FOR READING THIS IMPORTANT FIRST AID GUIDE!
1. U&A study. Galkal, 2015