How To Provide First Aid for Burns
Whether a fire is severe enough to cause fire damage, occupants of a commercial building may still suffer burns. It is essential to keep first aid supplies on site. Here are four steps to care for burns in the workplace.
1. Determine the Severity
Assess the severity of a burn before attempting to provide first aid. Call for emergency assistance if a burn is severe, deep, or covers an area larger than three inches in diameter. While you wait for help to arrive, make sure that the person who has suffered the burn is safe. You may cover the affected area with a cool, moist bandage or clean cloth. It is possible to treat most minor burns on site.
2. Cool the Burn
If it is a minor burn and the skin is unbroken, run cool water to relieve pain and limit cellular damage. You can also apply a damp compress. There is no need to immerse a burn in water. If the skin is broken, do not run cool water over it.
3. Moisturize and Bandage
It is good to have an emergency kit with burn cream in a commercial property in case of fire damage. Apply this ointment or another gentle moisturizer to a burn to prevent drying. Some formulas contain analgesics that help to relieve pain. Bandage the burn by loosely wrapping sterile gauze around the affected area. This material can safely cover delicate, blistered skin.
4. Avoid Breaking Blisters
Blisters form to protect burned areas from infection. Do not intentionally break these blisters. If a blister does break, cleanse the area with water. You can also use mild soap. Apply antibiotic ointment and re-bandage the burn.
Take these burn first aid measures to treat injuries in the workplace. Call for medical help if burns are severe or extensive. If the incident that caused burns has also resulted in fire damage, contact SERVPRO of East Memphis at (901) 754-9061.