How to treat burns
As barbecues are being dusted off and perhaps some rust removal taking place, St John has a timely reminder of first aid tips about what to do if you or someone is burned.
The first thing is to make sure that everyone is safe.
Run cool (not ice cold) water over the burn for a minimum of 20 minutes. Use a tap, a hose or a shower. If water is not available, use any cool non-toxic fluid i.e. soft drinks or beer.
Remove any jewellery such as rings or watch, from the burnt area.
Do not remove clothing if it appears to be stuck to the burnt area.
If possible wrap the burnt area in cling film (glad wrap) after cooling for 20 minutes.
Call 111 for an ambulance if the burnt area is larger than the patient’s hand or if they are in severe pain.
St John wishes everyone a safe and happy break over the holidays.
For more first aid tips and to enrol in a first aid course go to www.stjohn. org.nz.
For free health advice from a registered nurse, 24/7 call the Healthline number on 0800 611 116.