First aid for burns and scalds
Good first aid following a burn or scald can make a huge difference to recovery times and the severity of scarring. It’s effective even up to three hours after burning.
COOL the burn with running cool tap water for 20 minutes. Remove any clothing, jewellery or nappies (unless melted or firmly stuck to the wound). Do not apply ice, butter or toothpaste.
CALL for help – NHS 111 or local GP for advice. In an emergency dial 999.
COVER the cooled burn with loose cling film or a clean, non-fluffy cloth. Keep the patient warm.