Summer is the time for get-togethers with friends and family, outdoor activities and holiday celebrations. The burn professionals at The Burn Center at Kendall Regional Medical Center warn that there are increased risks of burns associated with the 4th of July holiday. There are no ‘safe’ fireworks. Burns from sparklers are just as common as burns from larger fireworks and should be used with adult supervision. Fireworks should only be handled by adults. Let children enjoy the show, not be part of it. Follow the tips below to keep you and your family safe!
Be Grill Safe
- make sure grill is 10 feet away from other objects.
- wear short sleeves while grilling.
- follow the grill’s manufacturer’s instructions.
- check connections to fuel source for leaks and blockages.
- keep starter fluid away from grill.
- turn on utility lighter before you turn on gas.
- dispose of hot coals properly.
- shut off propane tank valve when not in use.
- use cooking utensils with long handles to stay clear of flames and heat.
- start a grill with the lid closed.
- use grills indoors.
- use gasoline as a starter fluid.
- add starter fluid to hot or warm coals.
- leave utility lighters outdoors where the elements can weaken the plastic.
- allow grease or fat to build up – they may cause flare-ups.
- leave grill unattended.
- allow children near the grill.
START the healing.
- Check for blisters, as they are signs of a more serious burn could require emergency medical treatment.
- Make sure that there’s no swelling associated with the burn that could make it difficult to breathe or swallow.
“DOs” and “DON’TS”
Help alleviate pain and reduce skin damage.
- DO take a cool shower or bath OR use a cold, damp towel to apply pressure
- DO wear loose-fitting clothes that do not irritate the skin
- DO apply aloe or lotion to help cool and moisturize the burn
- DO take an over-the-counter pain reliever, like ibuprofen for pain
- DON’T use butter or oil as they may exacerbate the burn
- DO NOT burst any blisters, as this may encourage infection to set in
- DO NOT take prescription pain pills without consulting a doctor
Sunburns, however, are not the only risks that come along with spring and summer activities. Take these precautions during get-togethers and outings:
- Keep children away from gas GRILLS
- Fireworks should NEVER be handled by children
- In the searing sun, surfaces like playground equipment and walkways, can reach 200 degrees or more causing severe burns to arms, backs, legs, and feet
For more information about The Burn Center, call (305) 222-2200.