Up to 4,000 people a year die from fire and burn injuries. Most die at the scene. Most of those with severe fire and burn injuries who do not die at the scene are transported immediately to one of the 125 hospitals in the U.S. with specialized burn centers. These centers treat more than 25,000 such admissions each year.Burn specialists also care for many of the 600,000 burn injuries treated in hospital emergency departments each year. These patients are often referred to burn specialists after initial treatment at the hospital where they were first seen.
Propane or charcoal grills are involved in up to 6,000 reported fires each year. Fireworks are involved in up to 10,000 injuries each year, almost half of them children, along with 6,000 fires and at least $8 million in property damage. Lightning causes 1,000 injuries and 75 to 100 deaths. These are just the injuries treated at hospitals and fires responded to by fire departments.
Ultraviolet Rays Hazards:
Eighty percent of “UV” rays penetrate thin clouds, haze, and fog, causing short and long-range damage regardless of how bright the sun is shining. UV damage to the skin isn’t just temporary. Excessive exposure over time, regardless of skin type, can lead to sagging and wrinkling of the skin, premature age spots, and increases the risk of skin cancer. Use sunscreen with UV-A and UV-B protection. Wear sun glasses that block UV rays. Avoid long exposure, even with sunscreen, especially at mid-day. Reapply sunscreen after swimming or perspiring heavily or at prescribed intervals.
Motor Vehicle Heat Safety (Parked Vehicles):
Never leave a child or pet alone in a parked vehicle. Keep your car doors locked, regardless of how safe your neighborhood is. This will keep any young children in the area from getting in and locking themselves in during extremely hot weather. Sunshades in front and back windows will keep the steering wheel, seat belt buckles and seats cooler and therefore safer for your and any passengers.
Symptoms include nausea, dizziness, severe headache or cramping, and cool, clammy skin. Lay the person on his or her back and raise the feet. Loosen tight clothing. Seek medical attention.
Sudden onset. As with heat exhaustion, the victim likely has a headache, but other symptoms are quite different: Flushed, dry face, skin abnormally hot to touch, leg cramps, abnormally high body temperature, tachycardia, and in extreme cases, loss of consciousness. CALL 911.
Charcoal Grills or Firepits:
Keep children at a distance. Keep charcoal lighters out of the reach of children. Never add starter fluid to hot/arm coals. Never use gasoline to start, enhance or revive a fire.