First aid

Good first aid following a burn or scald can make an enormous difference in recovery times and the severity of scarring. Two important things to remember are STOP, DROP, ROLL and COOL, CALL, COVER.

“Thank you K, for the 1st aid image that is always attached to your e-mails. It is as a result of this image, that I recently ensured my 1 year old had cool running water over his leg for 20 minutes (not the 5 minutes I thought it was). He had a scald to his leg from fresh boiling water. Initially the entire back of one of his legs was bright red. After first aid, and on re assessment in the Emergency Department, the only area affected was a non tense blister smaller than 1 cm. This has now healed with no scar.” Message of thanks from an Emergency Department Consultant



Home Prevention

“Stop, drop, and roll” is used when clothing catches fire. Children can get confused about when to stop, drop, and roll. It is important to know when to do this. Children who do not have a good understanding of stop, drop, and roll will sometimes do this if they burn a finger or need to get outside if the smoke alarm sounds. Only use stop, drop, and roll when clothing catches fire.

A pdf of our HOT WATER BURNS LIKE FIRE leaflet containing safety and first aid guidance can be downloaded. If you would like a supply of these, please contact us.

The Family Oops and Burns First Aid

Read the story of The Family Oops who learn all about the main causes of burns and scalds and what the right burns first aid is. By Kristina Stiles, Illustrated by Jill Latter. Click here.

Family Oops and Burns First Aid



  1. Cool the burn with running cold tap water for 20 minutes and remove all clothing and jewellery (unless it is melted or firmly stuck to the wound).
  2. Cover with cling film or a sterile, non-fluffy dressing or cloth. Make sure the patient is kept warm.
  3. Call for help for any burn larger than a 50p coin: 999, 111 or local GP for advice.

Click here for the complete British Burn Association First Aid Position Statement

First aid & prevention

Key information

We were invited by the British Burn Association (BBA) to put together a downloadable PDF resource covering the information people should know about burns and scalds.

It includes statistics, key prevention and safety information, and highlights the essential first aid that should be carried out in the event of an accident.

Download the resource here.