EULESS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A 13-year-old suffered minor burns after igniting rubbing alcohol with a lighter he was playing with.
Euless Fire Department paramedics took the boy from the Kensington by the Vineyard apartments on Highway 121 to Parkland Hospital.READ MORE: Remarkable Turnaround For North Texas Puppy Found 2 Years Ago Fighting For Life
Rubbing alcohol is highly flammable and when lit on fire can reach up to 1,000 degrees. That’s almost 7 times the temperature at which human skin burns.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming Soon?
Fire officials urge people to keep lighters and any type of dangerous materials out of reach of children.
A minor burn that doesn’t require emergency care may involve:MORE NEWS: Fort Hood Soldier Accused Of Smuggling Migrants Into Texas From Mexico
- Superficial redness similar to a sunburn
- An area no larger than 3 inches (about 8 centimeters) in diameter
Treating minor burns:
- Cool the burn. Hold the burned area under cool (not cold) running water or apply a cool, wet compress until the pain eases.
- Remove rings or other tight items from the burned area. Try to do this quickly and gently, before the area swells.
- Don’t break blisters. Fluid-filled blisters protect against infection. If a blister breaks, clean the area with water (mild soap is optional). Apply an antibiotic ointment. But if a rash appears, stop using the ointment.
- Apply lotion. Once a burn is completely cooled, apply a lotion, such as one that contains aloe vera or a moisturizer. This helps prevent drying and provides relief.
- Bandage the burn. Cover the burn with a sterile gauze bandage (not fluffy cotton). Wrap it loosely to avoid putting pressure on burned skin. Bandaging keeps air off the area, reduces pain and protects blistered skin.
- If needed, take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), naproxen sodium (Aleve) or acetaminophen (Tylenol, others).