2018-07-04 / Front Page

FDNY: Treating Summer Burn Injuries

By Liz Goff
Sadly, dozens of people suffer severe burn injuries each summer at backyard barbeques, illegal fireworks displays and other festivities marking the history and independence of America.

Hospital emergency rooms are filled each year with people who suffered severe burns while setting off illegal explosives – and onlookers who were burned by amateur displays that went out of control.

FDNY officials have repeatedly urged New Yorkers to leave fireworks displays to the experts, and to make sure that people follow proper precautions when firing up the backyard grill.

Fire officials have issued a “Burn Concern” fact sheet with information on what to do if a burn injury occurs during indoor/outdoor summer celebrations or backyard barbeques

NOTE: Officials advise that you call 911 for help or seek medical attention as soon as possible in the case of a severe burn injury.

     What to do if clothing catches fire:

  • Stop, Drop, Roll. If clothing catches fire, smother the flames with a wet cloth. Do Not run; since running can increase the severity of a serious burn

Call 911immediately and let trained professionals treat severe fire wounds. If necessary, you may perform the following on less severe burns while waiting for EMS to respond:

  • Clean and disinfect hands, or use latex gloves when available. Carefully remove all burned clothing. Clothing may retain heat and cause deeper injuries. If clothing adheres to skin, cut or tear clothing around burn area
  • Pour cool running water over burn; Pour cool water over burned area for 10-15 minutes, or submerge burn under cool running water for 15 minutes
  • Do not apply ointments or butter; They may cause infections due to their oil base and provoke deeper injury – and they will retain the heat of the burn
  • Remove all jewelry, belts, tight clothing from burned area. Remember, swelling of burned area occurs immediately
  • Again, leave treatment of serious or severe burn injuries to trained medical professionals.

For Minor Burns:

Use an antiseptic spray to relieve and prevent infection. Oatmeal-based antiseptics help remove heat.

Cover with a clean, dry dressing. Wash daily with soap and water and change dressing. Seek immediate medical attention if wound begins to drain excessively or have a foul odor.

Larger Surface Area Burns – burns larger than a fist:

Cool the area as suggested above, cover with a dry, clean dressing and seed immediate medical attention

Assisting Electrically Burned Victim:

Do not touch victim if he/she is in touch with the source of the electricity. Dial 911 for immediate assistance.

Extreme heat, such as flames, hot liquids, hot metal, flash explosions and faulty electric connections or wiring are some of the causes of burn injuries, fire officials said.

“More than half of all burns are scald burns resulting from exposure to hot tap water, boiling water (and other liquids) and kitchen burns,” officials said. Family get-togethers and backyard barbeques present a significant risk of scald burns resulting from accidents, carelessness or too many cooks at the grill.”






















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