Commuter reveals his ‘charred head’ after suffering burns and singed hair
Peter Crowley posted a picture of his ‘charred head’.
burn depends on proximity to the explosion as well as other factors.
“It depends on how long the flash was and how hot it was,” she said.
“It’s to do with heat and light – the intense light creates heat and that can burn.
“The flash is usually over very quickly but the burn can last longer. But it’s usually superficial, with people experiencing red skin and pain, a bit like sunburn.
“However, a flash burn can also cause blisters.
“We usually say flash burns are associated with explosions or things like welding.”
Ms Kearl said the burns are treated in the same way as other – with paramedics acting quickly to cool them down.
“You need to keep cooling the burn while it hurts, and for a minimum of 10 minutes.
“You also need to get jewellery off because the area can swell and cause more pain.”
She said depending on the severity of blistering and the type of after-care, people may require skin grafts, but this is rare.
“Paramedics are very quick to respond to these types of burns, this is all basic first aid,” she added.