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Tips to Prevent Burns from Fireworks and Grills

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that about 8,800 people were treated in emergency rooms in 2002 for injuries associated with fireworks. Most injuries involved the hands, head, and eyes.

Summer cookouts are fun, but open grill flames and improperly maintained propane tanks can also be a hazard.

What you can do: Stick with public firework displays handled by professionals. Children should always be closely supervised when food is being cooked indoors or outdoors. Be aware that gas leaks, blocked tubes, and overfilled propane tanks cause most gas grill fires and explosions. If you see someone’s clothes catch on fire, instruct them to cover their face, stop, drop, and roll.

Tips to Treat a Burn

Usually, minor burns can be treated at home. Minor burns are burns that are smaller than a person's palm. Larger burns, and burns on the hands, feet, face, genitals, and major joints usually require emergency treatment. To treat a minor injury, run cool water over it and cover it with a clean, dry cloth. Don't apply ice to the injured area. Ice can worsen a burn. Don't apply petroleum jelly or butter. Petroleum jelly and butter can caused the injured tissue to hold more heat. Consult your doctor if a minor burn doesn’t heal in a couple of days or if there are signs of infection. Signs of infection for a burn include redness and swelling.


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