Friday, February 8, 2013

Outdoor Burn Safety

The Groundhog says early spring so it is time to think about outdoor burn safety.

Fire and burn injuries do not take a vacation. We all need to work together to provide a safe environment any time we enjoy activities we normally associate with being outdoors.The pleasure of family reunions, picnics, traveling, sunbathing, boating, can come to a sudden end unless we remain aware and protect ourselves against fire and burn injuries that can happen during these special occasions.

Death and injuries resulting from outdoor hazards can occur in many ways and it is difficult to identify national statistics for all of them. Don’t become a statistic yourself.
  • Fireworks and resulting fires injure more than 10,000 Americans. More than half of these injuries occur during the first week of July. Even legal fireworks can be very dangerous.
  • The National Fire Data Center estimated in 1998 that outside cooking grills caused 6,000 fires, 170 injuries, 5 fatalities and $35 million in property loss. Gas grills alone caused 2,700 fires, 80 injuries, and $11 million dollars in damage. Most gas grill fires and explosions were caused by gas leaks, blocked tubes, and overfilled propane tanks.
  • Lightning is one of nature’s most deadly forces. Every year 1,200 people are injured and up to 100 are killed by lightning strikes.
Outdoor recreational and camping burn and fire injuries do not single out any particular age group, gender, or nationality. Since outdoor activities are so varied anyone can get injured.

For more information on how to make your outdoor activities burn free visit the American Burn Association web-site.

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