Monday, June 15, 2009

First Aid Kit for Treatment of Burns

One of the advantages of making your own first aid kit is that you will hopefully have saved some money. These extra savings can then be translated into some advanced first aid measures to help protect you and your family. One of the most serious threats to everyone's safety on a daily basis is the possibility of being burned. You owe it to yourself and your family to become knowledgeable in recognizing the different types of burn and how they can be treated in an emergency.

You can get consumer information on this product at:

One person is either burned or scalded every 25 seconds in the USA.
Ninety percent of household burns to women occur in the kitchen, two-thirds involve hands and arms.

Up to 1 million burns occur in households annually; approximately 500,000 are scalds resulting from spilled food and beverages.

Most people associate burns with flame. In fact, liquids cause burns more often than flames.
200,000 children are burned by contact with hot substances and objects, with 100,000 children scalded from spilled food and beverages.

The two highest risk groups are children under the age of 5 and adults over 65; scalds are the number one cause of burn injury to children under 4 years old.
Coffee, tea, soup and hot tap water can be hot enough to cause serious burn injury.

There is also excellent technical guide in PDF format available here:

Burns can happen at anytime and to anyone. Just ask any dedicated coffee drinker! Being prepared to provide the best possible treatment you can will always be useful. You will also be able to recognize the more serious types of burns that will require immediate professional care.

Staying above the water line!



matthiasj said...

Good info RW. A bad burn could really put someone out. I will look into getting a burn first aid kit.

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riverwalker said...

TO: matthiasj

Once you've got a basic first aid kit, you should consider the specialized kits for specific injuries that are very common. Burns are a leading cause of injury. Thanks.

RW said...

The problem with purchased kits is that they are often made as cheaply as possible, with inferior products. The market forces this - most people go by price because they do not have the experience necessary to consider what is the best kit. Better to make your own.

riverwalker said...


Unfortunately, many home remedies that have been used to treat burns can actually do more harm than good. Many burn first aid kits offer some good treatment options for minor burns that could create serious problems if left untreated or treated erroneously. Thanks.


Anonymous said...

When I was a kidlet, Grandma taught us if we burned our fingers, grabbing our ear lobe and rubbing off the wax / oil would gain us relief. That is, sealing the surface from air was why the relief was felt.

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