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Watch the video, in which Gemma is treated for a burn.

Use the information below the video to remind yourself how to help someone who has been burned.

Cool the burn under cold running water for at least ten minutes.

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Cooling the burn will reduce pain, swelling and the risk of scarring. The faster and longer a burn is cooled, the less the impact of the injury.


After the burn has been cooled, cover it with cling film or a clean plastic bag.

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This helps prevent infection by keeping the area clean. It’s an ideal covering because it doesn’t stick to the burn and reduces pain by keeping air from the skin’s surface.


If necessary, call 999 or get someone else to do it.

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The burn may need urgent medical treatment. If you’re in any doubt, seek medical advice and always call 999 if a child has been burned.


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