ANSI Z308.1-2015 Standard Minimum Requirements  Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies - Buy new ANSI Kits
ANSI Z308.1-2015 Standard Minimum Requirements Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies - Buy new ANSI Kits

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  • Burn Time

    This year, for Burn Awareness Week, the focus is on scalds. Scalds are a painful and unusual type of burn.

    AlarmThe length of contact with the scalding substance, and the temperature are the main factors affecting scald severity. The clothes on which a substance is spilled retain heat until they are removed.

    The nature of the substance matters. The stickier or heavier the substance that spills, the more likely it will retain heat and stick to the body, or to the clothes on the body. Oatmeal and spaghetti sauce heated close to the boiling point, for example, will cause a more severe injury than hot water of the same temperature.

    Some other considerations for scald burns:

    ~ A spill of small size may affect a large area of a child’s body.

    ~ A cup of coffee, for example, could burn 25% of a toddler’s body.

    ~ Scald burns to the face, hands, feet or private areas of the body can be difficult to heal and affect their functions for a long time.

    Also read: Burns and Scalds in the Kitchen & read other articles in our Burn Care First Aid Blog.

  • Tips on Treating Chemical Burns

    Image with instructions on treating a chemical burn

    • Call 9-1-1 or EMS immediately.
    • Gently brush away any excess powdered chemicals from the skin, being careful not to get the chemical on you or elsewhere on the casualty. Be especially careful of the eye area.
    • Immediately flush the remaining chemicals off the burned area with copious amounts of running water for at least 15-20 minutes. Use a shower, hose, or any available water faucet. Continue to flush with water while carefully removing any clothing from the burned area.
    • Place a clean, sterile dressing over the burn area.
    • Burns from various chemicals require specific first aid care. Check the Material Safety Data Sheet and/or product label for treatment recommendations. Give these MSDS (now often called just SDS) instructions to Emergency Medical Personnel when they arrive.


    Also read: General Burn First Aid Information

    Content excerpted from the Urgent First Aid Guide used by permission Copyright 2013
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