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First-Degree Burn Accident

First-degree burn is normally classified as superficial burns. This occurs when the injury affects the top layer of the skin. Healthcare is normally not a requirement for a first-degree burn.

Intense friction burns, mild sunburns, flash burns, electrical burns, and light burning that is non-blistering on the skin are all examples of injuries due to first-degree burn.

A first-degree burn, in most incidences, does not result in extensive tissue damage. Skin coloring, however, can decrease or increase at the site of the burn.

Symptoms of First-Degree Burns

Indications and symptoms of first-degree burns can include the following: painful skin; redness to affected area; peeling and/or dry skin; sunburns; and pain that is moderate to intense, which can subside after 2 to 3 days.

Among all ages, individuals can receive burns by minimal to extensive exposure to the sun, even with the use of sunscreen.

Ultraviolet is produced by intense sun rays that can penetrate through the skin’s outer layers, to cause blistering and reddening along with peeling, during the healing process of the affected area.

Wearing sun protection factor 30 or greater can diminish any substantial effects of sun exposure.

A first-degree burn accident can be the result of scalds, namely in children age 4 and younger.

Water spilled from the stove top, or an emission of steam from a container or pot can result in scalding burns to the hands, face, and body.

Children, disabled individuals, and the elderly, in addition, are usually the victims of scalding burns when bathing or showering.

It is essential, due to that, to make certain that the temperature of a hot water tank is set at 120°F, no higher.

Many manufacturers of hot water tanks enable a setting at maximum of 140°F.

A simple adjustment, however, to reduce the temperature is a solution that is easy to prevent severe burns when an individual is lowered into bathwater, or taking a shower.


Electrical appliances, extension cords, and sockets can result in electrical burn to a child unsuspecting, with a likelihood of an increase of risk of catastrophic injury.

Young children sticking a finger into the opening of a socket or an object, playing with appliances, or biting on an extension cord can sustain electrocution or burns from electricity exposure.

Unplugging extension cords when not in use, the use of child-proof covers, and moving appliances out of the reach of a child can reduce the likelihood of electrical burns.

A first-degree burn accident can be minor, which tends to heal in a few days on its own.

Intense pain and excessive swelling, however, may require treatment with the use of over-the-counter medicines.


Healthcare by a licensed medical professional may be required if the burn occurs near the genitals, fingertips, eyes, or another delicate body area.

When a burn is the result of the negligence action scenes of a third-party held liable, it is usually prudent to discuss the first-degree burn accident with an accident attorney.

Contact us for a free consultation or call Anzalone Law Firm PLLC, at: 603.548.3797.

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