Learning basic first aid can save lives. The YEP has teamed up with St John Ambulance to bring you some vital tips.
If you are organising a firework display this week, however small, you should ensure there is a fully stocked first aid kit close by.
For a major burn:
Start cooling the burn immediately under running water for at least 10 minutes
Make the casualty as comfortable as possible, lie them down
Continue to pour copious amounts of cold water over the burn for at least 10 minutes or until the pain is relieved
Whilst wearing disposable gloves, remove jewellery, watch or clothing from the affected area - unless it is sticking to the skin
Cover the burn with clean, non-fluffy material to protect from infection. Cloth, a clean plastic bag or kitchen film all make good dressings.
For minor burns:
Hold under cold water for at least 10 minutes or until pain subsides. Remove jewellery and cover the burn as above.
If a minor burn is larger than a postage stamp it requires medical attention. All deep burns of any size require urgent hospital treatment.
If the casualty’s clothing is on fire:
Stop them panicking or running; Drop the casualty to the ground; If possible, wrap them tightly in a coat, curtain or blanket (not nylon or cellular), rug or other heavy-duty fabric. The best fabric is wool; Roll the casualty along the ground until the flames have been smothered.
On all burns - Do not use lotions or creams, do not use adhesive dressings and do not break blisters.