Stop the Burning Process

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If clothes catch fire, stop, drop, cover and roll or smother the fire with a fire blanket or similar. Covering the face will help protect the airway.

Hot charred clothing should be removed as it acts as a heat reservoir (2). Leave clothing which is adhered to underlying skin and proceed to irrigate with water.

Scalds may be caused by hot liquids such as water and oil: soaked clothing can retain heat and should be removed as soon as possible.

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Supported by:

Ambulance Victoria The Alfred Victorian Adult Burn Services at The Alfred The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne