Pancake day first aid

Pancake Day is a great time to get all the family in the kitchen. With more people than usual in the kitchen, an accident can easily occur. Make sure you are prepared for one of the most common kitchen injuries, burns and scalds.

Most domestic, superficial burns can be effectively treated with first aid and do not require further treatment. However, if you are concerned about the severity of the burn please seek medical advice.

Follow these four steps to treat minor burns and scalds:

  • Place the burn/scald under cool running water for at least ten minutes or until the pain subsides. If you do not have water available, any cold harmless liquid, such as milk, can be used.
  • Remove any jewellery or clothing from the affected area, unless stuck to the burn.
  • Once the burn has been cooled, cover it with kitchen film lengthways to prevent infection. If you do not have any plastic film or a plastic bag, you can use a sterile dressing or non fluffy pad bandaged loosely in place.
  • If necessary, seek medical advice.

Please ensure if the area is blistered, that you do not burst these or otherwise interfere with the injured area. Do not apply adhesive materials to the skin as these may damage the skin when removed.

You can learn to effectively assess and treat a burn on one of our first aid courses.

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