burns guide


We get it.

It’s family time.

It’s date night.

It’s a get together with friends you haven’t seen in months.

You’ll be raising a drink or two, chowing down on some greasy food while watching a colourful light display. The last thing you’ll be thinking about it is fire safety, or how you’d treat a burn.

Burns can be caused by all kinds of sources. But naturally this time of year, we want you to be up to speed on burns caused by fire.

What would you do in an emergency?

A brief and informative summary on how to treat burns in an emergency. Reading time 3 minutes

Pensioners and infants are most at risk, especially if burns involve the airways, or if they cover a large area of the body. Yet, regardless of the cause, they usually require the same treatment.

How To Treat A Burn with The 3 C’s:



Run the burn under lukewarm water. Between 20 and 45 minutes (depending upon how severe)




Call an ambulance while cooling if the burn is severe. Call 111  for advice.



Dress the burn.

Use a non-stick cover like cling film or a burns dressing.


And it’s that simple! Remember to practice the 3 C’s in the event of any burns emergency. But most importantly, have fun this Guy Fawkes night?

Be safe, be merry, and bright! (too soon??)

For our full range of courses and more information visit Skillbase First Aid 

Jessica Clarke-Wheatley

Jessica Clarke-Wheatley

Jessica is the Brand and Communications Officer nationally for SkillBase First Aid. She loves sharing stories about how SkillBase First Aid turns people in 'Standby-Superheroes'.



sharon smith · November 2, 2018 at 10:13 am

Great post – nice and simple and I like the 3C’s – shared!


Laura · November 2, 2018 at 4:54 pm

Lovely post simple and clear


Gladys Ubah · November 2, 2018 at 6:41 pm

Thanks for sharing, Very good to know.


Y Gascoyne · November 2, 2018 at 9:05 pm

Great quick tips thank you Had to use this with a female that picked up a pair hot hair straighteners then got told to put cream on to stop blisters appearing ?


Kimina · November 3, 2018 at 2:25 pm

Really useful and timely reminder – thank s!

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