Com­muter re­veals his ‘charred head’ af­ter suf­fer­ing burns and singed hair

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ALI­SON MEIKLE

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.

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