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Burns can be painful and can happen at any time. The sun, hot drinks, radiators and chemicals are only a few ways you can burn your skin.

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!

Types of Burn:

Dry Burn

Friction and hot surfaces


Steam and hot liquids

Chemical Burns

Domestic chemicals

Electrical Burns

Domestic appliances

Radiation Burn


Cold Injury

Frozen metal objects


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


  • Seek medical help if in doubt. All burns to child and baby = 999/112!
  • Cool the burn immediately
  • Minimum 10 minutes (dry and wet burns)
  • Minimum 20 minutes (chemical burns)
  • Dress the burn with a sterile dressing

Cling film is one of the best dressings!

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


To book any course NDA First Aid Training Ltd offer simply click here

You can also contact us in the following ways:

Telephone: 01494 958547