Being Barbecue Season Ready - Treating Burns and Scalds
- Cool the area immediately. Run under cool or tepid water for 20 minutes. If there is no facility to apply cool water a burn gel or hydrogel can be used.
- Remove any clothing or jewellery near the injury (unless stuck to the skin).
- Avoid putting anything other than cool water on the burn (Especially avoid ice, creams, butter or ointments, these may cause more damage to the area.)
- Cover the burn with loosely fit clothing or bandages, avoid fluffy clothing or bandages.
- Do not pop or burst any blisters.
- Drink plenty of water to help the burn heal.
You should seek medical advice if:
- The burn covers a large area, is on the face or any sensitive area.
- The area around the burn becomes red or shows other signs of infection such a pus or oozing.
- There is increased pain or swelling in the area.
- Blisters are taking longer than two weeks to heal.