An emergency burn care kit is an essential piece of first aid kit that every survivalist needs. The chances of a chemical, radiation, radiant heat, electrical or fire burn are ever present in a catastrophic event. Skin exposed to any of these types of burns may suffer:
In a post apocalyptic world, it is likely the only option is the basic treatment used for first and second degree burns and that treatment is:
To treat burns, you should have an emergency burn care kit with your first aid provisions and it should contain products that:
Commercially complete kits are available for purchase or you can build your own kit with individual products. The cost of buying a kit is about the same as buying the individual products to make your own kit.
BurnFree® is a water soluble gel that is thick enough to stay on the burn to protect from infection but washes away easily so that the site can be examined or treated with other strategies. The small kit contains 12 1/8 ounce packets and one 4-ounce of BurnFree®, as well as four sterile burn dressings and 2 roller gauze.
The BurnFree® Industrial Burn Care Kit has the same contents, but more of them, such as 10 sterile burn dressings and 24 packets of BurnFree®. BurnFree® also offers a personal care emergency burn care kit, which would meet the needs of one-person & costs about $15. The cost of the small kit is about $30 and the large kit is about $80.
Water-Jel ® Large Soft-Sided Burn Kit With Blanket has a variety of products that use its Water-Jel that is mostly water but does not readily evaporate. It contains a natural antibacterial oil and the cooling is so gradual, hypothermia is not a problem. The large emergency burn care kit sells for about $170 and contains:
The Water-Jel Small Soft-Sided Burn Kit is available for about $90.00 and does not contain the fire blanket and has only four burn dressings.
Preparation is key to survival in an emergency situation and being prepared to treat burns is a sensible and practical step. In a survival environment, open campfires and alternative cooking methods increase the likelihood and opportunity to sustain a burn. Buying or assembling your own emergency burn care kit is a good step for the prepper to take, as no matter the source of the burn, the treatment is the same.