BDSM play often involves the risks of burns. Friction burns from bondage, dry burns from candle wax, cold burns from ice fresh from the freezer or radiation burns from a violet wand or the summer sun. Any of these or similar may occur.

Burns can be a serious threat to life, but most often in BDSM are simply uncomfortable and inconvenient. The danger increases according to the depth of the burn and the area it covers. Deep burns on a very small area are unlikely to be life threatening and the same applies to superficial burns over a moderate area but all burnt skin is prone to infection. Try to avoid burns but if they do occur treat them responsibly. Burns caused through play are seldom deep unless done deliberately, such as in branding. So let's consider what we can do to ensure safety AND enjoyment