Chemical burns are caused by exposure to corrosive substances. In the home they are commonly caused by bleach, strong acidic or alkaline cleaners and pesticides.
- Remove any clothing that has the chemical on it
- If the chemical is dry, brush it off the skin
- The burn should be cooled with cool running water for at least 10 minutes
- Call 999 and seek medical attention
- Do not put yourself in danger
- Do not over cool an injury as it can lower the body temperature of a casualty
- Do not apply any oils or creams to burns
- Do not break any blisters that have developed
Anyone who has been injured by any of the following should seek hospital treatment
- All chemical and electrical burns
- Large or deep burns – any burn bigger than the affected person’s hand and full thickness burns of all sizes – these burns cause white or charred skin
- Partial thickness burns on the face, hands, arms, feet, legs or genitals – these are burns that cause blisters
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