Most first-degree burns are caused by sun exposure (sunburn) or brief contact with flames or hot objects and liquids — such as scalds from steaming water, knocked over coffee cups, hot foods, and heated cooking fluids.
Symptoms of first-degree burns include redness, pain, and minor swelling. The skin is dry without blisters.
First-degree burns can be treated at home and will usually heal in about 3 to 6 days. The superficial skin layer over the burn may peel off in 1 or 2 days. If a burn doesn't heal within a couple of weeks or appears to be getting worse or infected, call your doctor. Special attention should be given to burns on the face, hands, feet, and groin as these can be more serious.
First-degree burns are uncomfortable but are easy to treat and usually have no lasting impact. Taking safety precautions at home can help prevent many first-degree burns.
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|National Safety Council The National Safety Council offers information on first aid, CPR, environmental health, and safety.|
|U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) This federal agency collects information about consumer goods and issues recalls on unsafe or dangerous products.|
|American Red Cross The American Red Cross helps prepare communities for emergencies and works to keep people safe every day. The website has information on first aid, safety, and more.|
|United States Fire Administration for Kids This U.S. government site offers fire safety information, games, and the opportunity for kids to become junior fire marshals.|
|National Fire Prevention Association This nonprofit organization provides fire safety information and education.|
|The Skin Cancer Foundation The Skin Cancer Foundation educates people about skin cancer and ways to prevent it.|
|Dealing With Burns Some burns can be treated at home, but others need emergency medical care. Find out what to do by reading this printable instruction sheet.|
|Playing With Fire? Fire is hot stuff. Find out how to stay safe in this article for kids.|
|First Aid: Burns Scald burns from hot water and other liquids are the most common type of burn young kids get. Here's what to do if your child is burned.|
|Burns Burns, especially scalds from hot water and liquids, are some of the most common childhood accidents. Minor burns often can be safely treated at home, but more serious burns require medical care.|
|Household Safety: Preventing Burns, Shocks, and Fires Burns are a potential hazard in every home. In fact, burns - especially scalds from hot water and liquids - are some of the most common childhood accidents. Here's how to protect kids from burns.|
|Being Safe in the Kitchen Cooking and baking are lots of fun - as long as you stay safe. Read this article for safety tips before you head into the kitchen.|
|Babysitting: Dealing With Burns What should you do if a child you're babysitting gets burned? Our tip sheet can help you be prepared.|
|Fireworks Safety Fireworks safety starts with the manufacturer, but it ends with you! Read these tips on handling fireworks safely and have a blast on the Fourth!|
|Fireworks Safety The summer heat, the smell of hamburgers on the grill, and the sound of fireworks can only mean one thing: It's the Fourth of July. Before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.|
|Babysitting: Dealing With Sunburn What should you do if a child you're babysitting has sunburn? Our tip sheet can help you be prepared.|
|How to Be Safe When You're in the Sun It's fun to be outside on a hot, sunny day. But too much sun and heat can make you feel terrible. Find out how to stay safe in this article for kids.|
|Sun Safety By teaching kids how to enjoy fun in the sun safely, parents can reduce their risk for developing skin cancer.|
|Childproofing and Preventing Household Accidents You might think of babies and toddlers when you hear the words "babyproofing" or "childproofing," but unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in kids 14 years old and under.|
|Finding Out About Fireworks Safety Fireworks are cool to watch, but it's best to let the professionals set them off. Find out more in this article for kids.|
|First Aid: Sunburn Mild sunburn that causes redness or irritation can be treated at home, but severe sunburn requires medical attention.|
|Fire Safety Would you know what to do if a fire started in your home? Would your kids? Check out our fire safety tips.|
|A to Z: Burn, Second-Degree A second-degree burn affects the top two layers of skin (the epidermis and dermis). It is more serious than a first-degree burn.|
|A to Z: Burn, Third-Degree Third-degree burns, or full-thickness burns, are the most serious type of burn. They involve all the layers of the skin and underlying tissue and can cause permanent damage.|
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