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How to Treat a Chip Fat Burn

Sustaining a chip fat burn can be extremely painful. It's important to remain calm and treat the burn as soon as is possible before addressing whether or not medical assistance will be required. Make the burn victim as comfortable as possible after the event so an assessment can be made as to the severity of the injury and what further action is necessary.

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  1. Move the victim away from the chip pan and cooking oil.

  2. Remove any clothing or jewelery close to the burn.

  3. Cool the burn under lukewarm running water or apply a clean, damp cloth, if this causes too much discomfort. Do not use a towel or a blanket to soak the injury.

  4. Apply the lotion and dress the burn with the sterile gauze.

  5. Administer an over-the-counter pain reliever containing paracetamol or ibuprofen.

  6. Contact a medical professional to discuss whether further treatment will be necessary.

  7. Warning

    If the burn sustained covers a large area of skin, cover with a damp cloth and make sure that the victim is breathing and as comfortable as possible before immediately seeking medical attention. Do not apply ice to a burn. This can cause frostbite.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cloth
  • Moisturising lotion
  • Sterile gauze

About the Author

Michael Roennevig has been a journalist since 2003. He has written on politics, the arts, travel and society for publications such as "The Big Issue" and "Which?" Roennevig holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the Surrey Institute and a postgraduate diploma from the National Council for the Training of Journalists at City College, Brighton.

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