Burn Injuries More Common in Summer07/12/14
SATURDAY, July 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Burn injuries
increase in the summer as people gather around fire pits, campfires
and outdoor grills, say burn experts. Among those most vulnerable
to these seasonal fire hazards: children.
"Young children are among the most vulnerable and often get burned by putting their hands on the side of cooking grills," Dr. Richard Gamelli, director of the burn unit at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., said in a Loyola news release.
"The old adage of 'When you play with fire, you get burned' is true -- you must always be very serious and attentive when fire is involved. Injuries due to fire happen easily and fast, especially when children are involved or alcohol has been abused," added Gamelli.
"Children should be kept well away at all times from the cooking area and always be watched closely even after the cooking is done -- the grill is still hot," said Gamelli.
Campfires can also remain hot and smolder long after campers
think it has been extinguished, Gamelli added. "At Loyola, we have
had patients who got burned after contact with a log from the
previous night's fire, thinking the fire was out," he said. "Fire
can burn for hours after ignition, and the temperature can remain
To avoid serious burns among children and adults during summer
activities, Gamelli provided the following safety tips:
- Supervise anything that burns.
- Keep children and pets a safe distance from recreational fires
and cooking areas.
- Fire pits, campfires and barbecues should be placed in open
spaces away from any walls, fences or other flammable
- Never build a fire or barbecue inside a garage or breezeway, or
under a carport, porch or covered deck that can catch fire.
- Have a fire extinguisher readily available and know how to use
- Don't drink alcohol around a fire.
- Use a metal cover over a burning fire pit to contain
- Never leave a fire unattended.
- Do not touch or kick coals and logs after a fire is out. Since
they can stay hot for a long time, cover these materials to prevent
any accidental burns.
- Seek immediate attention if you or anyone with you is
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