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With summer right around the corner, many San Diegans will be firing up the BBQ and dipping into swimming pools to beat the heat. UC San Diego Health System’s Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Burns Division offers summer safety and injury prevention tips as the temperatures rise.
Propane Barbeque Grilling
Charcoal Barbeque Grilling
Fire pits are now seen at campgrounds, beaches and in private residences. They may be made from metal, concrete or simply be placed upon the ground with a fire ring. Whatever the type of unit, they represent a potential fire hazard and must be approached with caution. Burn injuries occur in both adults and children. Small children are often injured after the fire has died down and the child unknowingly walks over smoldering coals. These coals may remain hot for more than 18 hours, even if they were buried with sand or dirt. Free-standing fire pits at private residences are typically made out of metal or surrounding brickwork which can become very hot, resulting in burns to the hands or legs.
For more information, please visit: http://www.safetyathome.com/seasonal-safety/summer-safety-articles/fire-pits-and-outdoor-fire-safety/
Many burn injuries are caused by hot coals or fires that have “burned out” in a campfire. The hot coals have a gray appearance and may not look hot, but they often are very hot. Placing dirt or sand on top of the coals or fire will not stop the burning of the coals for many hours. These coals have been shown to still be very hot more than 18 hours after they were buried, thus, they remain a fire hazard. Many campers have walked over buried coals causing a serious burn injury. This is especially true if the fire was not contained to a designated campfire ring. Feet burns occur in adults while both feet and hand burns occur in children. Please place all coals in designated receptacles if you are required to move the coals out of the campfire ring. When barbecuing, also place your hot coals only in approved receptacles.
For more information, please visit http://www.firesafekid.org/ and http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20061854
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