Treating a Chemical Burn

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

Always Remember 

  • 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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