Cooking burgers on the grill. Roasting hot dogs and roasting marshmallows over an open fire. These summertime treats can be hard for adults and children to resist, but it’s important to stay safe when enjoying them.
The summer months are among the busiest times of the year for emergency rooms. Common reasons for ER visits in the summer include burns from fireworks and sparklers, as well as injuries and burns from campfires, grilling, or exposure to the sun.
By erring on the side of caution, you can prevent injuries to yourself and those around you,” said Brittany Schneller, NP-C, nurse practitioner at Aspirus Health.
Whether you’re the master of the grill, enjoying your favorite fireworks show, or having fun in the sun, keep these tips from Aspirus Health in mind:
- Pay attention. Keep an eye on your surroundings. Knowing where the fire pit or grill is is essential. These items can heat up quickly or stay hot after use.
- Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Fire and burns go hand in hand. Prevent them by keeping a fire extinguisher nearby for any related emergency needs.
- Use protections. Use tongs, a rack or a cooking stick and keep hot foods and liquids away from the edges of tables or counters.
- Create a “kid-free zone” or ensure you have adequate supervision for children when a grill or fire pit is in use.
- Avoid the sun in the middle of the day. Be sure to always wear sunscreen, especially from around 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Space is key. If you enjoy fireworks, be sure to light them in a clear, open area away from cars, buildings, and people.
If you experience a significant burn, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. For more information, visit aspirus.org.