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First aid for burn injuries

What can you do to help reduce the effects of a burn injury?

  • Ensure that all adults in the household know and understand proper first aid.
  • Teach children the general first aid principles.

First aid

If on fire:

  • Stop, Drop, Cover and Roll
  • Smother the flames with a blanket
  • Move away from heat source

Protect your own safety at all times

For all burns apply cold running water:

  • For at least 20 minutes
  • If running water not available, wet 2 cloths and alternate them onto the burn every 2 minutes
  • Keep the rest of the body warm

Do NOT use ice, butter, creams, etc.

Remove clothing and jewellery

  • Clothing can hold heat on the burn
  • If swelling occurs jewellery can stop blood flow to the burn

Seek medical attention

  • For any burn bigger than 20c piece size, or that blisters
  • If there are any concerns

For Further Information on Burn Injuries

NSW Severe Burn Injury Service
Ph: (02) 9926 5641

Concord Hospital
Adult Unit
Ph: (02) 9767 7776

Children's Hospital at Westmead
Pediatric Unit
Ph: (02) 9845 1114

Royal North Shore Hospital
Adult Unit
Ph: (02) 9926 8940

Printable factsheet

First aid for burn injuries (PDF, 33Kb)

In an Emergency Call Triple Zero (000)

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