Summer Burn Care Essentials

11 July 2024

Find out how to treat summer burns with our trusted Medicare range.

Summer wouldn't be complete without a barbecue in the garden with friends and family. Before you start cooking, it's important to understand the potential risks associated with barbecues and how to be prepared for any emergencies.

Barbecue Fire Safety

Understanding the fire safety procedures of a barbecue will ensure your safety and the safety of others. Without taking proper fire safety precautions, there are serious risks of being burned while using a barbecue.

During cooking, a barbecue becomes extremely hot so it is advised to keep your distance and to use cooking utensils such as a metal spatula and tongs. Furthermore, it is important to remember that heat is retained within the coals for several hours after you have finished cooking. Cleaning the barbecue should only commence once it is safe to do so.

Barbecue Safety Tips 

  • Ensure your barbecue is in working order.
  • Have your barbecue on a flat surface away from your home, vegetation & trees.
  • Don’t stand too close.
  • Never leave barbecue unattended & keep children away from children & pets.
  • Have a fully stocked first aid kit available.
  • Ensure you have a fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Only clean & remove your barbecue when it has cooled and is safe to do so.

How to Treat Barbecue Burns with Medicare.

In the event of a burn, you need to act fast. Follow these simple steps in the immediate aftermath of a burn. Please note these steps are for the treatment of minor burns. If the burn extends over a large area and is deep, please seek medical attention as soon as possible.  

Act Fast
Prolonged heat to your skin can worsen the type of burn so it is important to treat it immediately. Remove any jewelry or clothing that would restrict the area from swelling.

Cool the Area
Place the affected area under cold running water for 15-20 minutes. This is to relieve pain and minimise swelling of the area. Do not apply ice or ice packs to the area.

Apply Burn Gel
The Medicare Burn Gel is perfect to treat minor burns and scalds. Keep it in the fridge so it provides more relief.

Cover the Burn
Cover the area with a burn plaster or dressing depending on the severity and size of the burn. Medicare Burn Plasters are ideal for minor and superficial burns. They contain hydrogel which helps to cool and soothe the burn while also preventing infection. The Medicare Burn Dressings are perfect for larger burns. They come in a variety of sizes and promote healing to the skin.

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Medicare burn dressings, burn gels and burn plasters are all effective in the treatment of burns, soothing the injury while protecting from infection.

Medicare burn care products are consistent with both wet and dry burn treatment protocols since they stop the burning process and do not contribute to hypothermia or interfere with debridement.

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