With Fourth of July right around the corner, many people are preparing for vacations and parties to celebrate. As we turn on the grill and watch the sky light up with fireworks, it is important to keep in mind the basic principles of fire safety. The emergency rooms on Fourth of July weekend are filled with patients suffering from burns and traumatic injuries. Keep your friends and family safe during the holiday weekend by following these tips from the U.S. Fire Administration:
- Don’t have a home firework show! Fireworks are dangerous; over 200 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries every July.
- Attend public firework displays, allowing the professionals to light fireworks.
- Keep a close eye on your grill, this will allow you to keep an eye out for any dangerous situations and prevent you from burning your burgers!
- Only use your grill outside and keep it at least three feet from your house and deck.
- Clean your grill after each use to remove grease that can start a fire.
- Keep a “3-foot safe zone” around your grill to protect children and pets.
- Keep a “3-foot safe zone” around campfires
- Build campfires at least 15 feet away from tent walls, shrubs or other things that burn.
If you or someone you know does experience a burn, keep calm and assess the severity of the burn. If the burn is only involving only the outer layer of skin, this is a first degree burn. Place the burn in cool water for three to five minutes, treat the skin with an antibiotic ointment and cover the burn with a clean, dry cloth.
If your burn is causing red, white or splotchy skin, swelling, pain and blisters this is most likely a second degree burn. If a second degree burn is larger than three inches, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Third-degree burns are the most serious type of burn and require immediate medical treatment. This type of burn involves all layers of skin and underlying fat, sometimes even muscle and bone. If you suspect someone has a third-degree burn, call 911 immediately. Do not remove any clothing stuck to the burn and do not try to treat the burn.
For more information on Summer fire safety, visit the U.S. Fire Administration website.