Handled properly, fireworks can be a safe form of entertainment. But sometimes accidents happen, so be prepared.
You will need
- Cool water
- Dry towel
- Skin lotion
- Pain relievers
Step 1 Determine the severity of the burn Determine how severe the burn is. Burns smaller than a person’s palm can be treated at home. Larger burns or burns to the face, genitals, or major joints should be treated at a hospital.
Step 2 Smother flames Smother flames on a large burn with water or a blanket. Stop, drop, and roll if your clothes are on fire and call 911 immediately.
Do not attempt to pull burnt clothing off skin. This can cause more damage.
Step 3 Submerge the wound Submerge smaller burns in cool — not cold — water for at least five minutes. Cover the wound with a clean, dry cloth or a sterile bandage.
Step 4 Soothe the burn Apply skin lotion to soothe the burn only if the wound is not weeping fluid or freshly scabbed. Don’t apply ice or butter to the wound.
Wait to apply salve or medicine to the area until after visiting the doctor.
Step 5 Take cool showers Take frequent cool showers or baths to soothe the area.
Step 6 Relieve the pain Relieve the pain from a burn by taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
According to a 2006 report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 47 percent of fireworks injuries were to children and adults under 20 years old.