9 Ways to Stay Out of the Burn Unit Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is here. It's a great weekend to spend time with family and friend's barbequing and sitting around the campfire. It's also a great weekend to land yourself in the Burn Unit if you're not careful. Memorial Day and July 4th see higher numbers in burn centers across the country because of all the potential for fire related injury. So enjoy your 3 day weekend without a 3rd degree burn and follow these safety tips from SIUH's Regional Burn Unit to keep you and your family safe:

  • Wear sun block. Sun burn come on quick so block up. Use block and lip-balm rated at 15-30 spf (UVA/UVB) to protect your skin.
  • Do not put/throw accelerants onto campfires or grills. As in, don't through gasoline on the fire, especially after you siphoned the gas from your car and it's on your clothes. That can ruin your day real quick.
  • Keep children away from hot grills. Contact burns occur in an instant from touching the outside of a grill
  • Do not put hot grill coals in the sand/dirt to extinguish them. Someone walking bare foot could step on them.
  • If you are diabetic and/or have a condition that creates decreased sensation in your feet, wear shoes on any potentially hot surfaces, i.e. sand, tarmac, sidewalks.
  • Children should wear footwear in parks and playgrounds because of potentially hot surfaces, broken glass, even sprinklers.
  • Keep a safe perimeter from campfires. Embers can pop and fly out of the fire and can potentially burn you and your child.
  • Keep all tripping hazards away from campfires - falling into a campfire is no fun!
  • Alcohol is high on the list of common denominators with injuries – especially fire related. Alcohol should be consumed in moderation, and always drive responsibly.
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