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Troubleshoot This: Burned by Boiling Water

Sept12_Bydlon_BoilingWater_445x260Boiling Water (Bydlon)

>> Cool it Spilled cooking water causes most camping burns. “Remove soaked clothing and make sure no one else can get splashed,” advises Anna Gast, a Wilderness Medicine Institute instructor.
“Then use snow or water to chill it until it feels cool to the victim. If you act fast, you can prevent deeper tissue damage.”
>> Assess Blistering burns are painful, susceptible to infection, and can be life-threatening. Evacuate to a hospital if you have a blistered or charred burn on your face, neck, hands, feet,
underarm, groin, around an appendage, or covering more than 10 percent of your body’s surface area (an entire arm, half a leg).
>> Dress the wound Remove anything that could restrict circulation if the area swells. Leave blisters intact, apply antibiotic ointment, and cover the burn with gauze. “Open blisters
will weep fluid; get out of the backcountry if you can’t keep the burn clean,” says Gast.

Stabilize Your Stove
>> Cook on flat ground; avoid setting a stove on a platform.
>> Brace oversized pots with a rock wall around the burner.
>> Keep hot pots low; lift no higher than your shins.

Line of Fire For more camp kitchen safety tips click here.

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