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Learn how to administer first aid safely with the instructions in these emergency care tutorials from Howcast.
You Will Need
- Cool water
- Dry towel
- Skin lotion
- Pain relievers
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take cool showers
Take frequent cool showers or baths to soothe the area.
Relieve the pain
Relieve the pain from a burn by taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen.