CITY OF ONEIDA
Gregg Myers, Fire Chief
First Aid for Burns Caused by Fire
If a person has been burned badly by fire, fast action on your part is very important. Have someone call 911. Meanwhile, you must act to begin the cooling process, prevent shock, prevent contamination and control pain.
Things to DO…
Wet, cover and cool the burn: Gently poor water over the burns. Place the cleanest available cloth material over all burned areas such as sterile gauze, clean sheets or a t-shirt and gently poor water over, keeping the material wet. Ensure that the cooling process does not become excessive and cause shivering.
Remove smoldering clothing only if it is NOT stuck to the skin.
Carefully remove clothing or jewelry that may constrict during swelling.
Have the victim lie down. Make certain his head and chest are a little lower than the rest of his body. Raise his legs if possible.
Get immediate medical help. Call 911.
Things you should NOT do!
· DO NOT Put ice, burn ointments, butter or grease or anything else besides water on a burn.
· DO NOT Remove clothing that is stuck to a burn.
· DO NOT Break blisters.