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What to do When a Burn Occurs


  • Call 911. Make the call for help immediately
  • DO NOT RUN. Running makes the burn injury worse
  • Stop the burning process
  • Remove the heat
  • Pour water over burned area for 10-15 minutes
  • Stop, drop, and roll
  • If clothes catch fire, smother the flames. Remove all burned clothing , as it may retain heat and cause deeper injuries. If clothes adhere to skin, cut or tear around adherent area.
  • Do not apply ointments or butter, as they may cause infections due to their oil base and provoke deeper injury

For Minor Burn Injuries
  • Use an antiseptic spray to relieve and prevent infection.
  • Cover with a clean, dry dressing.
  • Wash daily with soap and water and change dressing.
  • If wound begins to drain excessively or have a foul odor seek immediate medical attention

Larger Surface Area Burns
  • Burns larger than a fist, cool the area as suggested above, cover with a dry clean dressing, then seek medical attention immediately

Assisting Electrically Injured Victim
  • Do not touch victim if he/she is still in touch with the source of electricity.
  • Remove all jewelry, belts, tight clothing from burned area. Swelling of burned area occurs immediately


For questions about smoke detectors, please contact:

Turlock Fire Department
244 N. Broadway
Turlock, CA 95380-5454
(209) 668-5580
fire@turlock.ca.us
Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5PM
Closed daily 12PM - 1PM




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