A minimum of 10 minutes!!
Acid Attacks ( Chemical Burns)
First Aid for Acid Attacks
A shocking spate of acid attacks have hit the headlines in recent months. Make sure you know what to do if you witness an attack by reading below
How long do you cool a non chemical burn down for?
Name 5 different causes of burns
Chemical, Ice, Dry, Electrical, Radiation, Scald (C.I.D.E.R.S)
How long do you cool a chemical burn down for?
A minimum of 20 Minutes!
Domestic chemicals/ Acid / Chromic Acid / Patio Cleaner /Drain Cleaner / Nitric Acid
You can recognise a burn by the skin being:
- Red, sore and swollen (Superficial)
- Raw and Blister (Partial)
- Charred, Pale and Waxy (Full Thickness)
1. Ensure that the area around the casualty is safe. Wearing gloves will prevent you coming into contact with the chemical. If the chemical is in powder form, brush it off of the skin.
2.The burn must be flooded with cool water for at least 20 minutes to disperse the chemical and stop the burning.
3. Gently remove any contaminated clothing while flooding the injury as long as the skin is not stuck.
4. Arrange to send the casualty to hospital. Monitor vital signs, such as breathing, pulse and level of response.
This guidance is great but no substitute for a practical First Aid course.
We teach Burns training in more detail on the following courses.