Safety comes first when preventing burns.

Maybe you accidentally grab a hot pot. Or you hop into the shower of piping hot water. Or maybe you stayed out in the sun too long without reapplying your sunscreen.

Burns happen in a variety of ways. Besides the pain, do you really know what happens when you suffer from a burn? And do you know how to treat yourself if you get a burn?

If not, now is a good time to learn. February 1-7 is Burn Awareness Week. In recognition of the week, we’ll take a more in-depth look at burns, including what they are, who gets them the most and how you can avoid and treat them.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • What is a burn? A burn is more than just pain and reddened skin. Burns are actually categorized by degrees. You’ll learn more about each degree and how they categorize the extent of a burn.
  • Who gets burned? Learn more about who suffers the most burns.
  • How do I avoid burns at home?Burns in the home are common. In this post, you’ll learn some of the most frequent causes of in-home burns and what you can do to keep you and your family safe.
  • How do I avoid burns outside the home? Being outdoors poses burn risks such as sunburn. This post will teach you how to avoid burns outdoors.
  • What should I do if I get burned? Despite your best efforts to protect yourself or your loved ones, burns sometimes happen. So what do you do now? In this post, we’ll outline the steps for treating a burn and how those steps differ depending on the burn’s severity.

A burn can happen when you least expect it. Knowing what you’re dealing with goes a long way, so let’s get started now.

Read the full story from Erie Insurance: “How to Avoid and Treat Burns