It should be obvious that the job site can be a dangerous place. With the numerous amount of activities taking place at once, it should be no surprise that injuries can occur if people are not careful. One of the most dangerous injuries to occur on the job site are burns. When a fire breaks out on the job site and a worker gets burned, the injury could be life-threatening. Therefore, it is important that everyone knows what to do in the event someone gets burned.
When Treating any Burn
When treating someone with a burn, it is crucial that you follow these steps:
- Attempt to put the fire out as quickly and as safely as possible.
- Ensure that the person who was injured is a safe distance away from the fire and is breathing.
- Do not use ice on the burn. This could potentially cause more damage.
- Do not apply burn gels, creams, or lotions to the burn. These can prevent proper healing.
- Do not break blisters. Doing so can cause infection.
- If the injured has fallen, consider the possibility that there may be more injuries in addition to the burn. Do not move the individual.
Treating a Minor Burn
While these minor burns are not life-threatening, they are to be treated with care and taken seriously. Take the following steps:
- Locate affected area and remove clothing surround the burn
- Submerge or rinse the burned area in cool water. This will reduce swelling and help the pain subside.
- Lightly wrap the burned area in sterilized gauze, especially if the burned skin or blisters have opened. This will prevent infection. Be careful to not put to much pressure on the burned skin when wrapping, as this can lead to swelling.
- If swelling or pain increases, or if the individual gets a fever, seek medical attention immediately.
Treat a Major Burn
Major burns are life-threatening and require immediate medical attention. It is vital that the following steps be taken to prevent further injury or death:
- Call 911 immediately.
- If the burn is large, have the victim lie down.
- Do not submerge the burn in cold water as this can induce shock.
- Stay with the victim until further helps arrives and pay close attention to their breathing.
- Elevate the burn, above the heart if possible. This can prevent swelling and pain.
- Use a clean blanket or sheet to keep the individual warm.
When it comes to treating burns, do not hesitate; act immediately. It could save someone’s life!
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