By Staff

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.

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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.

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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:

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  • Superficial redness similar to a sunburn
  • Pain
  • Blisters
  • 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). Staff