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Summer is the time to have fun, but many times it can be filled with dangers. UPMC Mercy Trauma and Burn Centers and the UPMC Office of Prehospital Services, offer some important summertime injury prevention and education tips.
“Each year we treat many people, especially children and teens, around 4th of July celebrations who have been injured by fireworks. Many of those injuries involve an amputation of a limb or loss of vision,” said Jenny Ziembicki, MD, medical director, UPMC Mercy Burn Center. “We want to remind everyone that fireworks should only be handled by professionals and enjoyed at a safe distance.”
For more information, view these 4th of July Injury Prevention Tips and Information.
Whenever you are working with hot food and liquids, ensure the cooking area is free of obstacles and distractions, and that pot handles are turned toward the middle of the stove or grill to avoid accidental spillage. Use oven mitts when handling hot items.
If a grease fire occurs, turn off the heat source. If it is contained to a pan or pot, cover it with a lid or cookie sheet. NEVER attempt to extinguish with water. Do not attempt to move the pan. If the grease fire is not contained to a pot, a chemical fire extinguisher can be used. If you are unable to safely extinguish the fire, evacuate and call 911.
UPMC Mercy Trauma and Burn Centers also have donated burn safety items for distribution by local EMS agencies, including glow sticks to be used instead of sparklers, oven mitts for cooking and barbeque burn prevention, as well as water temperature “duckies” to prevent bath-time scald injuries in children.
The most important tip is to stop the burning process quickly by removing any clothing or substance involved in the burn injury. Cool the area immediately with cool water. Do not apply ice, ointment or other home remedy. Apply a dry dressing and go to the nearest urgent care center or emergency department for evaluation.
UPMC Mercy Trauma and Burn Centers wish you a happy and healthy summer of fun! View these additional Summer Safety Tips and enjoy the season.
For more information concerning community events at which injury prevention and safety tips can be shared, call UPMC Mercy Trauma Services at 412-232-8375.
As the region’s only combined Level I Regional Resource Trauma and American Burn Association (ABA) Verified Burn Center, UPMC Mercy delivers both emergency trauma treatment and longer-term burn care. UPMC Mercy has been a leader in providing comprehensive care to patients of trauma and burn injuries. Opened in 1967, UPMC Mercy was the first burn center in Pennsylvania and the 17th in the United States. The American Burn Association (ABA) verification program is a joint program between the ABA and the American College of Surgeons. It is a rigorous review process designed to verify a burn center’s resources required for the provision of optimal care to burn patients from the time of injury through rehabilitation. The combination of burn and trauma care services gives UPMC Mercy the unique ability to care for the most critically ill and injured patients.