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Burn degrees

According to the Mayo clinic, first degree burns are minor burns that only impact the outer layer of skin. 

Second degree burns mean the first and 2nd layers of skin have been burned and blisters may develop.

Third degree burns are the most serious and involve all layers of skin. These burns can also damage fat, muscle and even bone, and cause permanent damage.

Medical officials said people with severe 3rd degree burns are at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning or tetanus.

The first thing you should do is call 911.

Make sure the victim is no longer exposed to smoke or heat.

Do not remove burned clothing. Do not put cold water on the burns.

Raise the burned body parts above heart level if possible.

And cover the burned area with a cool, moist, sterile bandage or cloth.

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