What to do when you burn or scald yourself

Hot pans, hot trays, open fires… the kitchen can definitely be an unsafe place and we all get hurt from time to time. That’s why it is important to know what to do when you sustain an injury, so for today’s post, I would like to talk about burns.

Now when it comes to burns, there are many old wives tales about what to do. Some people will tell you to cover your burn in toothpaste, other people will tell you to apply ice to your skin to cool the burn down. As it happens both these methods are actually harmful and can make the burn worse!

So here are the steps to take if you get a burn:

1. Remove any jewelry or watch from the area unless it is sticking to the skin.
2. Run the burn under cold water for at least 10 minutes. This will cool the burn down and reduce pain, swelling and scarring. DO NOT USE ICE, as ice can cause further damage such as ice burn. Yogurt, butter, oil and cream do nothing for the burn. Toothpaste can also be harmful as it may cause further abrasion to the damaged skin.
3. Once you’ve run the burn under cold water for at least 10 minutes, apply one layer of cling film loosely over the top of the burn. This will keep the wound clean and keep it from drying out. If cling film is not available, wrapping a clean plastic bag around the burn will work too.

As a gauge, if the size of the burn in less than the size of the person’s palm and is just superficial redness, there is no need to go to the hospital. If however the burn is larger than the size of the person’s palm, then a trip down to A&E is in order.

So now you know what to do in the event of a burn. I do hope though that you will never need this advice. Do remember to keep safe in the kitchen!

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