Uncovering Burns: What to Know and When to Call 911





Hot Liquid

Extreme Sun Exposure


First-Degree Burns
Red Skin Without Blisters

Second-Degree Burns
Thickening Skin with Blisters

Third-Degree Burns
White, Leathery, Thickening Skin in a Large Area


First-Degree and Second-Degree Burns
Soak in cool water, and apply antibiotic ointment.
Seek medical treatment if the burn affects a large area of skin.

Third-Degree Burns
Call 911 immediately.
Do not self-treat this type of burn.


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  • Keep chemicals out of reach, and wear gloves while using them.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in your home.
  • Test smoke detectors once a month.
  • Turn pot handles away from the front of the stove.
  • Wear sunscreen.

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