How to Treat a Fireworks Burn

Handled properly, fireworks can be a safe form of entertainment. But sometimes accidents happen, so be prepared.


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Would you know how to help someone who is in shock; needs CPR; is choking; has been poisoned; has suffered a burn; has alcohol poisoning; is having an allergic reaction; has had a tooth knocked out; has something in their eye; is bleeding; has been bitten by a cat or dog; or has some other medical emergency? You will if you watch these first aid videos from Howcast.

You Will Need

  • Cool water
  • Blanket
  • Dry towel
  • Bandages
  • Skin lotion
  • Pain relievers


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Do not attempt to pull burnt clothing off skin. This can cause more damage.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Wait to apply salve or medicine to the area until after visiting the doctor.

  7. Step 5

    Take cool showers

    Take frequent cool showers or baths to soothe the area.

  8. Step 6

    Relieve the pain

    Relieve the pain from a burn by taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

  9. 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.