Along with cuts, burns are some of the most common injuries in kitchens. Many of these burns are from contact with hot surfaces, but burns can also be caused by hot liquids and oil, or exposure to flame. Most burns in the kitchen are minor, often the result of an unexposed finger touching a hot pan or baking sheet. Sometimes, however, burns are more severe and can cause permanent damage.
Minor burns can usually be treated by rinsing the affected area under cold running water for several minutes. To reduce the risk of infection, you should wash the burn with soap and water. Wrap the burn with a loose bandage. Anything too constrictive can slow the healing process, but exposure to the air can lead to pain and increased risk for infection. Sometimes coating the area in a salve or burn cream can help relieve pain and discourage the formation of scar tissue.
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Handling Severe Burns
More severe burns can require special treatment. Most minor burns are classified as first degree burns and only result in pain and reddening of the skin. Second degree burns, which are more severe, usually involve blistering and/or swelling. Second degree burns often require some medical attention and have a greater risk of infection than first degree burns.
Third degree burns involve complete removal of skin over the burned area. The affected area is often white and tissue may be visible. Third-degree burns are extremely dangerous and require immediate attention. Call 9-1-1 immediately. Immerse the area in cold water (not running water) and do not remove any clothing covering the area; this can result in the removal of the skin underneath. Loosely wrap the burn with dry, loose bandages or cloth. Elevate the burn and provide the victim with fluids.
How Burns May Occur
The more severe burns in the kitchen are often the result of boiling water or oil. Boiling water can cause severe burns and scarring. Oil can get hotter than water and can cause very severe injuries. Additionally, oil and other substances can catch fire. Never attempt to put out an oil fire with water; use a fire extinguisher, a bucket of dirt, or baking soda. If your clothes catch fire, immediately stop, drop, and roll.