Burn Emergency

Types of Burns

There are seven common types of burns:

  1. Chemical burns, caused by contact with corrosive chemicals
  2. Contact burns, the result of touching hot objects
  3. Electrical burns, caused by contact with live electrical wires
  4. Flame burns, caused by direct contact with fire
  5. Radiation burns, caused by close exposure to fire or high heat
  6. Scalds, caused by hot liquids or steam
  7. Ultraviolet burns, caused by overexposure to the sun or to sun lamps

Degree of Burns

Burns are classified by the amount of damage done to the skin and other body tissue.

Symptoms: reddened skin; tender and sore

Symptoms: blistered skin; very painful

Symptoms: white, brown, or charred tissue, surrounded by blisters

First Aid for Burns

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Contact Information

City of Huntington Beach
Fire Department
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA
Phone: (714) 536-5411
Fax: (714) 374-1551
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