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Acid Attacks

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?

A minimum of 10 minutes!!

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!

Chemical Burns

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)
Burn 2


  • Treatment

    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.

TQUK Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work

TQUK Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid

TQUK Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid 

TQUK Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work


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Telephone: 01494 958547