Fire and burn injuries do not take a summer vacation, nor do they discriminate. The recreational activities we all enjoy carry with them some of the summers’ hottest dangers. If you don’t know what to watch out for, you just might get injured or burned! Take all necessary safety measures to have a Burn Safe Summer.
The pleasure of family reunions, picnics, traveling, sunbathing, and boating, can all come to a sudden end, unless we protect ourselves against fire and burn injuries that can happen during these special occasions.
Fireworks and resulting fires injure more than 10,000 Americans yearly. More than half of these injuries occur during the first week of July.
Camping plays an important role in the lives of millions of Americans. With warm weather comes outdoor cooking. Children under five account for almost 1/4 of the thermal grill burns.
Gas grills are involved in an average of 7,000 home fires per year. Most gas grill fires and explosions were caused by gas leaks, blocked tubes, and overfilled propane tanks. About 1/3 of the gas grill injuries were burns incurred while lighting the grill.
BBQs that use charcoal account for many burn injuries. Many of these are due to the flammable liquid (such as gasoline) not meant for this use or a reapplication of a flammable liquid.