Stay safe from burns, here are a few safety tips
Warm weather during the summer and fall makes it a great time to get outside and enjoy barbecues, campfires, and fireworks. Unfortunately, with all this fun comes some risk: burns are a common cause of injury during the warm weather months. Here are a few safety tips to help enjoy warm weather festivities with a bang — and without injury.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Fireworks and the fires they cause injure more than American 10,000 every year.
- Outside grills can cause as many as 6,000 fires & 170 injuries per year.
- Keep kids away from stoves, barbecues, gas grills, ovens, and other outdoor cooking areas.
- Perform routine maintenance on gas grills to prevent clogs and leaks.
- Never add flammable liquid to a fire that’s already burning.
- Build your fire in a designated fire pit.
- Put out fires or barbecues with water, not just sand.
- Wear shoes when you walk on sandy beaches, pavement or blacktop, which can heat up quickly.
- Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and test monthly.
- Stop, drop, and roll if your clothing catches fire.
- Store matches and lighters up high, out of children’s reach.
- Leave the fireworks to the professionals and attend public displays.
- If using fireworks at home, celebrate safely by following all directions, always having water handy, and never giving fireworks to small children or leaving them unsupervised.
- For serious burn injuries, go to an emergency department, call your family physician, or call the Oregon Burn Center where The Oregon Clinic physicians can provide expert burn care.
You can reach The Oregon Clinic’s burn specialists at the Legacy Oregon Burn Center 24-hour Burn Unit: 503-413-4232