How to Treat a Fireworks Burn

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

You will need

  • Cool water
  • Blanket
  • Dry towel
  • Bandages
  • 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.

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.

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.