Firefighters face numerous hazards every day. One of the most common dangers they encounter is burn injuries.
Being able to classify burn injuries accurately is important for firefighters to provide the appropriate treatment on-site. Understanding the severity of burns not only helps in immediate care but also aids in determining the long-term implications.
First-degree burns are the mildest form of burns, affecting only the outer layer of the skin. They typically cause redness, minor pain and swelling. Sunburn is a common example of a first-degree burn. While they can be painful, these burns usually heal on their own without medical intervention.
Second-degree burns affect both the outer layer of the skin, epidermis and the underlying layer dermis. These burns often come with blisters, severe pain, swelling and redness. They may require medical attention to prevent infection and promote proper healing.
Third-degree burns are the most severe and require immediate medical attention. They damage all layers of the skin and can even affect underlying tissues, nerves and muscles. The skin may appear white, blackened or charred. A person who sustains a third-degree burn may experience numbness due to nerve damage.
Even if you sustain minor burns, consider seeking medical attention to ensure proper treatment and prevent complications like infection. Prompt medical care for more severe burns, such as second- and third-degree burns, is necessary to minimize tissue damage, alleviate pain and promote optimal healing. Additionally, medical professionals can provide guidance on wound care, pain management and rehabilitation.
Firefighters play an important role in the world, but the job comes with risk. In 2022, 65,650 firefighter injuries occurred. Workers’ compensation serves as a safety net for firefighters injured in the line of duty, covering medical expenses and lost wages.