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  • Sun Safety

    Does Sunburn treatment count ans "Burn First Aid"? Absolutely.

    Sunburn can be first or even second degree, is painful and can be dangerous.

    So what do you need to know? First, how to avoid sunburn, and second - how to treat sunburn.

    Avoid Sunburn:

    Use a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 with UVA and UVB protection. Re-apply every 2-3 hours, and pay particular attention to the most exposed parts – the face, neck, ears, shoulders, back, knees and tops of feet.

    Select shaded areas for outdoor activities.

    Wear a broad-brimmed hat, long-sleeved cotton shirt and long pants when you plan to spend long periods in the sun.

    Be careful of medication. Certain prescriptions can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays.

    ? Sunscreen & Sun Protection Lotion ?

    Image of Sunscreen Pouch, 30 SPF - 50 per box Sunscreen comes in a variety of bottles, lotion packets and wipes.

    Treat Sunburn:

    What to look for:

    • Red, painful skin with possible blisters
    • Possible swelling

     What to do:

    • CHECK the scene and the person.
    • Get permission to give care.
    • Cool the burn.
    • Protect from further damage by staying out of the sun or wearing sunscreen.
    • Protect unbroken blisters with loose bandages and keep broken blisters clean to prevent infection.


  • General Burn First Aid Information

    Image of burned skin on arm being rinsed with cold water

    • Burns can result from heat (thermal burn), electricity, or exposure to chemicals.
    • The majority of burns should be seen by a doctor. Some first-degree burns, such as mild sun burn, can be treated without doctor care.
    • Never apply home remedies such as butter or baking soda to a burn. Many ointments and home remedies applied topically actually trap the heat, causing further damage to the burned area and can lead to infection.
    • First Aid treatment for burns should focus on keeping the burned area clean, preventing and/or treatment for shock, and pain control.
    • Severe burns (second and third degree burns) often lead to shock. Shock is a life-threatening condition and should be addressed immediately. Call 9-1-1 if you suspect the casualty is experiencing shock.
      1. Symptoms of shock include cold, clammy skin, pale or grey skin color, nausea, vomiting, and/or shallow, rapid breathing.

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