10 safety tips to help avoid nasty burns this summer


public service announcement

Suffolk County’s only designated burn care facility, the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center at Stony Brook University Hospital, released 10 safety tips to protect your skin as we head into the warmer weather.

See them below:

  1. Teach your children to not grab objects or play with items that can be hot. Go through a lesson where they learn to ask permission.
  2. Please don’t leave hot coals from fire pits and barbecues laying on the ground for people to step in.
  3. Limit the use of flammable liquids to start your fire pits and barbecues.
  4. Use only approved lighter fluids that are meant for cooking purposes. No gasoline or kerosene.
  5. Be vigilant about keeping children away from playing with and around fire and near the barbecue station.
  6. Always use oven mitts or potholders to remove hot items from the stove or microwave. Assume pots, pans and dishware are hot. 
  7. Use the back burners of the stove to prevent children from reaching up and touching hot pots and pans.
  8. If you are overly tired, and consumed alcohol, do not use the stovetop, fire pit or a fire place.
  9. After cooking, check the kitchen to make sure all burners and other appliances are turned off. 
  10. Stay protected from the sun. Use hats and sunblock, and realize that sunblock needs to be reapplied after swimming or after sweating.

“The best way to do this is to prevent the burn in the first place with safety tips and precautions to eliminate potential dangers,” said Steven Sandoval, MD, assistant professor of surgery and medical director at the burn center.

For more information, call (631) 444-4545 or 631-638-BURN (2876).

Top: Firepit at nighttime from Unsplash’s Sarah Brown