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Uncovering Burns: What to Know and When to Call 911

CAUSES


Fire

Chemical

Electrical

Hot Liquid

Extreme Sun Exposure

TYPES


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

TREATMENT


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.

PREVENTION

  • Install covers over electrical outlets.
  • 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.

Your safe care is our #1 priority.

Emergency Room Online Check-in

When it comes to Emergency Care, The Hospitals of Providence has our region covered with convenient locations throughout the El Paso area. Choose the location nearest you and check in online.