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Burn Tips

Protect yourself and your loved ones. Ohio State's burn experts share tips.

Ohio State is home to the burn experts. As the only adult burn center in central Ohio verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons, we are equipped to treat all types of burns, from minor to severe.

Tips for Preventing Burns

Follow these tips to decrease your risk of getting burned

Leave fireworks

Leave fireworks

to the experts

Hot water tanks

Hot water tanks

should be set at 120 degrees or less

Don't smoke

Don't smoke

while you are using oxygen

Use oven mitts

Use oven mitts

when taking items out of the oven

Don't microwave

Don't microwave

non-food items

Don't leave candles unattended

Don't leave candles unattended

Never put water on a grease fire

Never put water on a grease fire

to extinguish a grease fire, put a lid on it and turn off the heat source

Don't allow pets

Don't allow pets

near candles

Check smoke dectors

Check smoke detectors

monthly and replace batteries at least once a year

Don't put gasoline

Don't put gasoline

on a fire

Tips for Treating Burns

In the event someone gets burned, follow these tips

Stop the burning process

Stop the burning process

Cool the burn by running cool (not cold) tap water over the burn for at least five minutes

Do not use ice

Do not use ice

as this may cause the burn to deepen

Remove all jewlery

Remove all jewlery,

watches and rings around the burned area

Apply a clean dry dressing

Apply a clean dry dressing

or cloth to the burned area. Cover the victim to keep them warm

Do not use

Do not use

ointments, sprays, first aid cream or butter

If pain persists, or burn appears to be getting worse, seek medical treatment or call Ohio State's Burn Center at 614-293-BURN (2876)