With the warm weather returning this week, it is without a doubt many of us will be lighting up the barbeque and dining al-fresco. However, as wonderful as barbeques

are, they are actually responsible for many accidents in the garden each year – particularly burns.


If someone has received a burn, the most important thing that you can do for them, is cool the burn under cold running water for at least 20 minutes.

Below we have included some more advice on dealing with burns.

1. Cool the burn under cold running water for at least 20 minutes.

Cooling the burn will reduce pain, swelling and the risk of scarring. The sooner and longer a burn is cooled with cold running water, the less the impact of the injury.

Do not remove any clothing that is stuck to burn as this may cause more damage, and do not use ice to cool, as this may cause damage to the skin.

2. After the burn has been cooled, cover it with cling film or a clean plastic bag. 

This helps prevent infection by keeping the area clean. Cling film or plastic won’t stick to the burn and will reduce pain by keeping air from the skin’s surface.

Don’t use any adhesive bandages as they’ll stick to the skin and can cause further damage.


3. Call 999 if necessary.

If you can’t call 999, get someone else to do it. 

If you can't call 999 get someone else to do it. The burn may need urgent medical treatment.  If you’re in any doubt, seek medical advice and always seek medical advice for a baby or child who has been burned.

If you require any First Aid training please don’t hesitate to call us on 01792 814700 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.