First aid

Updated 09 February 2015

Chemical burns on the skin

Follow these instructions if you have suffered are chemical burns.

  • Rinse the burnt areas with cool, running water for 20 minutes, and wash gently with soap.
  • Remove clothing, cutting it away if necessary to avoid spreading the chemical to other parts of the skin.
  • Don't apply lotions or ointments to the burnt skin.
  • If the burnt area is large, cover it with a clean, damp sheet.
  • If the chemical splashed into the eyes, follow instructions for eyes.
  • If a chemical has been swallowed or inhaled, call a poison information centre immediately and follow their instructions.
  • Call the doctor immediately after providing first aid.

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