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Safety Tips from the Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs Council

Emergency Burn Treatment

For all types of burns remember the following:

Thermal burns

Thermal burns are caused by contact with open flames, hot liquids, hot surfaces and other sources of high heat.

Sunburn also may be cooled with water. If the sunburn is severe or is very extensive, seek medical attention.

Chemical burns

Chemical burns are common in industrial settings but can occur in the home when coming in contact with simple cleaning solutions, paint strippers and lawn or garden chemicals.

Electrical burns

Coming in contact with an electrical source such as a power line, malfunctioning household appliance or lightning can cause electrical burns.

In homes where young children are present, consider using tamperproof or childproof receptacles or receptacle covers. Limit your use of extension cords.


Floyd Peoples, Chief Fire Marshal, Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department, 816-784-9100
Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs Council, 9550 W. 95th St., Overland Park, Kan. 66212