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Fire and burns are a leading cause of unintentional injury of children in the United States. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and a burn is one of the worst injuries that can happen to your body. You can get a burn many ways heat (hot water or liquid like coffee, steam or grease), chemicals (battery acid, bleach) and electricity (lightning, shocks). Most burns are scald burns. Scald burns involve skin contact with hot liquid - water, coffee or steam.
A burn is an injury caused by fire or heat and classified by how deep it is:
If you or someone gets burned, cool it with lots of cool (not ice cold) water. Putting cool water on a burn helps stop the burning process, eases pain and helps decrease swelling. Call for medical help if a first degree burn is large and involves the face, feet or hands. Call for medical help on any second or third degree burn.
Remember these tips to help prevent burns in your home: