Burn Emergency

Types of Burns

There are seven common types of burns:

  1. Chemical burns, caused by contact with corrosive chemicals
  2. Contact burns, the result of touching hot objects
  3. Electrical burns, caused by contact with live electrical wires
  4. Flame burns, caused by direct contact with fire
  5. Radiation burns, caused by close exposure to fire or high heat
  6. Scalds, caused by hot liquids or steam
  7. Ultraviolet burns, caused by overexposure to the sun or to sun lamps

Degree of Burns

Burns are classified by the amount of damage done to the skin and other body tissue.

Symptoms: reddened skin; tender and sore

Symptoms: blistered skin; very painful

Symptoms: white, brown, or charred tissue, surrounded by blisters

First Aid for Burns

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Did you know?


The Huntington Beach Fire Department conducts free home fire safety inspections for seniors.  You can also get a free smoke detector with a 10 year battery and carbon monoxide detector installed.  This free service is provided by Project SHIP senior home inspection program volunteers. You can schedule an appointment online or call 714-374-1615.

Contact Information

City of Huntington Beach
Fire Department
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA
Phone: (714) 536-5411
Fax: (714) 374-1551
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