Summer Safety Tips
extra care at your Fourth of July and Labor Day celebrations this year,
to ensure that accidents do not interfere with summer fun. Dr. Roger
Yurt, director of the Hearst Burn Center of NewYork-Presbyterian
Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, recommends the following safety
tips to avoid burns from barbecues, fireworks, and other routine
activities that can pose a hazard this season.
you are planning to barbecue:
you are using a propane gas grill, inspect your propane tank and hoses
for leaks, dents, cracks or corrosion.
light the match before turning on the propane gas.
your grill outdoors and far from any structures that may catch fire,
such as patio covers, garbage cans or buildings.
not use lighter fluid, gasoline or other flammable liquid with your
smoke cigarettes or use matches or lighters near the grill.
you are using a charcoal grill, use water to make sure that coals are
extinguished, and be careful never to dispose of briquettes that are
loose clothing — especially long sleeves — while
supervision is essential — keep all children away from the
add festivity to a Fourth of July celebration, but a public fireworks
display is safer and more dazzling than trying to do it yourself. Keep
in mind that:
and sparklers should be handled by trained professionals. Sparklers can
get as hot as 1,200 degrees!
at least 500 feet away from the fireworks display.
children that if they find used fireworks or sparklers — do
spending time outdoors this summer, you and your family should consider
these burn prevention tips:
wear sunscreen to avoid serious and painful sunburns!
playing in the sand or on playground surfaces, always wear shoes to
avoid injuries and burns to the feet. Playground surfaces can reach
temperatures of 180 degrees.
caught in a lightning storm, seek shelter IMMEDIATELY.
your car radiator overheats, do not remove the radiator cap until after
the engine completely cools down.
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