What should I do if someone suffers a burn injury?

The most common burn injuries are caused by scalds from hot liquids such as coffee or tea or even the tap when a water heater is set too high, contact burns from touching a hot object or the stove and flame burns caused by open flames such as one finds in fireplaces, barbecues or flammable materials.

If someone you know suffers a burn injury, here are the procedures you should take:

  • If the person has clothing that is on fire, you need to smother the fire using a blanket or something similar or dropping the person to the ground and rolling them until the fire is extinguished.
  • Cool the burnt area by running cold water on it for at least 20 minutes.
  • Call 911 or seek other appropriate medical treatment

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have suffered serious burn injuries including from dangerous or defective products, construction accidents and car accidents.

See our Burn Victim Resources.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. We have offices in Seattle and Bellevue to assist you.

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