How To Treat Burns

First aid management for minor burns with Burnaid® gel

Burns need fast, effective treatment. There are many misconceptions about correct first aid treatment. The good news is, it’s easy. Here’s our simple 3-step guide to first aid for burns.

Stop the burning process


  • Remove yourself from danger.
  • Remove any clothing / or jewellery that is not stuck to the burn from the affected area to allow effective cooling of the burn.
Run under water


  • Cool the burn under cool running water for 20 minutes.
  • If clean running water is not available use a hydrogel such as Burnaid® gel.
  • Do not use ice, butter, toothpaste, creams or ointments as these may make the burn worse.
Cool with Burnaid


  • Apply a hydrogel such as Burnaid® gel to help relieve the pain.
  • Cover with a clean dressing.

Seek medical assistance if clothing is stuck to the burn site or burn site is larger than a 20 cent piece or found on face, hands, groin, feet or involves the airways.

Keep your colleagues and friends safe by downloading this easy to follow first aid guide for your workplace, sports club or community group.

First aid treatment for burns poster

88% of Australians know to treat a burn immediately, only 10% do so correctly.*
*Recent AU survey of 515 people


Burnaid® gel is for the first-aid treatment of minor burns. Medical advice should be sought for the treatment of more serious burns.

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