N.C. Jaycee Burn Center experts available to discuss grill and camp fire safety this Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 — As Memorial Day approaches, many Triangle residents will pull out their grills for some holiday fun with family and friends. N.C. Jaycee Burn Center experts stress, safety first. According to the National Fire Protection Association, June and July are peak months for fires involving grills.

CHAPEL HILL — As Memorial Day approaches, many Triangle residents will pull out their grills for some holiday fun with family and friends. N.C. Jaycee Burn Center experts stress, safety first. According to the National Fire Protection Association, June and July are peak months for fires involving grills.

"We want everyone to enjoy the kick-off to the summer season," said Bruce Cairns, M.D., Medical Director, N.C. Jaycee Burn Center. "But also we want people to remember that fires can quickly get out of control if you are not careful." He underscores the importance of never leaving a grill unattended.

Here are a few grill safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors.
  • Keep grills away from the home, deck railings, and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from grills.
  • If you use a charcoal grill and starter fluid, only use charcoal starter fluid. NEVER add charcoal starter fluids or other flammable fluids to the fire.
  • Check the gas tank hose of your propane grill for leaks before using it for the first time each year.

Dr. Cairns offers some simple tips to treat small, minor burns:

  • Stop the burning process immediately. Small burns may be cooled with water; large burns need to be covered with a dry sheet.
  • Clean the injury with mild soap and water.
  • Remove clothing, jewelry, shoes before swelling.
  • Cover wound loosely with gauze or sterile dressing.
  • Do NOT apply butter, grease, or ointment.
  • Do NOT soak the wound in ice water.
  • Do NOT break blisters.
  • Do NOT remove clothing that sticks to a burn.

Dr. Bruce Cairns can be reached for on-camera or phone interviews now through Memorial Day by calling Stephanie Crayton at (919) 951-4758.

Media contacts: Stephanie Crayton, (919) 951-4758, scrayton@unch.unc.edu

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