Did you know that 88% of minor burns happen in the home but 90% of Australians who experience a burn don’t know the correct first aid?
National Burns Awareness Month has been established to create greater awareness amongst the Australian community of the correct first aid treatment for minor burns.
National Burns Awareness Month is encouraging three steps in the treatment of burns:
Remove yourself out of any danger.
Remove any clothing / or jewellery from burn area to allow effective cooling of the burn.
1) Cool the burn under cool running water for 20 minutes.
2) Consider immersion or wet towels if running water unavailable.
3) If water is not available use a hydrogel.
Do not use ice, butter, toothpaste, creams or ointments as these may make the burn worse.
For minor burns cover with a hydrogel, such as Burnaid®, to help relieve the pain.
Cover with a clean dressing.