Navigation Links
From beach to backyard, caution can reduce firepit burns
Date:6/30/2008

Irvine, Calif., June 30, 2008 Backyard barbecues and beach bonfires are beloved summer activities across the country, but they also put people especially children at risk of painful, long-term injury.

Dr. Marianne Cinat, UC Irvine Regional Burn Center director, urges extra caution with the use and cleanup of firepits or barbecues at the beach and at campsites. "We're seeing approximately two dozen firepit injuries each year," said Cinat, a surgery professor at UC Irvine Medical Center. "And all of these accidents are preventable."

Cinat has noticed more burns as camping and backyard firepits have become more popular. About half of the injuries treated at her center occur at the beach; most involve children 6 and younger who crawl or fall into firepits.

And then there are the hidden dangers of sand-covered coals. Tina Aldatz Norris learned firsthand about those.

As a young girl growing up in Orange County, Aldatz Norris burned the soles of her feet on hot charcoals buried beneath sand at a beach firepit. She was treated at the UCI Regional Burn Center for severe burns on both feet. For months afterward, the simple act of walking in sneakers or flats was painful.

To this day, Aldatz Norris's feet are sensitive and prone to blistering. So she started Foot Petals, a Long Beach-based company that brings together podiatrists and engineers to create designer insoles that help women walk more comfortably.

"I've been inspired to turn a bad situation into a positive event in my life," says Aldatz Norris, a Certified Pedorthist qualified to design orthotics. "I know that many children are injured every year due to firepit injuries, and I feel it's critically important to raise safety awareness."

Cinat says that there are some simple and crucial steps adults can take to lessen the risk of firepit burn injuries.

  • Don't bury hot charcoals in sand. While sand might extinguish the flames, coals can smolder for up to 24 hours. Sand locks in heat, making smoldering coals even hotter. Worse yet, sand-covered coals cannot be seen, making them even more dangerous to children who may look at a firepit as a sand box. Cinat recommends that coals be extinguished by drenching them in water, waiting five minutes and drenching them again. If water is not available, simply let the coals burn out. The most risk occurs when hot coals are buried in the sand, creating a hidden danger.

  • Be aware of your environment, especially with children around. Treat firepits as you would a pool or anything else dangerous and exercise similar caution around them. Be wary of embers that spark from firepits. Even if it appears as if it has not been used recently, always assume there are hot coals or embers at the bottom of a firepit.

  • If injured, don't put ice on the skin. Ice can cause skin damage, especially to children, whose skin is thinner than adults. Wash the burn with cool water for up to 10 minutes. For a small area, put a cool washcloth on it; with a larger burn, a cool towel can lower body temperature. Take the burn victim immediately to the nearest emergency room.


'/>"/>

Contact: Tom Vasich
tmvasich@uci.edu
949-824-6455
University of California - Irvine
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. UPDATED: Deadly Asbestos Fibers Found on Chicagos Oak Street Beach
2. Deadly Asbestos Fibers Found on Chicagos Oak Street Beach
3. Delray Beach Soccer Club Signs Division One College Soccer Coaches
4. West Coast Bank Sponsors Reach the Beach Cycling Fundraiser to Support the American Lung Association
5. Getting Beach Ready Calls for More Than Hitting the Gym
6. The Massage Spot Announces Opening of Manhattan Beach Location; Seeks Investors for Growth of Affordable Luxury Mini Day Spa Concept
7. Virginia Beach Man Loses 17 Pounds, on Top of a Previous 100 Pound Loss, and Wins Major $50,000 Prize
8. Staying Dry at Beach May Spare Your Stomach
9. CyberKnife Centers of Miami, Palm Beach and Tampa Invited to Join M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Study
10. Orthopaedic Clinic of Daytona Beach Chooses IDC for Transition to Digital X-ray
11. Delray Beach Mayor Commemorates Diagnostic Centers of America (DCA) $2 Million Purchase from Siemens to Become Only Medical Facility in South Florida with Worlds Most Advanced Cardiac Scanner.
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... 07, 2016 , ... They are musicians and librarians, fashion designers and fitness ... from New England and around the nation. What do they have in common? All ... a beautiful and compelling new photographic exhibit debuting Friday, December 9 at Logan International ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... , ... December 07, 2016 , ... ... and financial consultation services to residents in the Sacramento/Folsom region, is initiating a ... treatment facility. , The Another Choice Another Chance treatment center in Sacramento works ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... ... A. Kevin Spann Insurance, a New York-based firm offering insurance and financial consultation ... drive to raise funds that will benefit the Marine Corps League. , The Marine ... Corpsmen. Working closely with the MCL, the A. Kevin Spann team plans to generate ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... Facial plastic surgeon, Dr. John D. Rachel ... a portion of proceeds to two local organizations: North Chicago Animal Control and Friends ... is a team of authorized and trained volunteers who support rescued animals held ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The medical profession is well aware that heart attacks do ... analyzing heart attacks among 138,602 people recorded a 35% higher number of heart attacks ... agree of course–no time of year is a good time for a heart attack! ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/6/2016)... Dec. 6, 2016 Anaplastic Oligoastrocytoma - ... Markets Direct,s latest Pharmaceutical and Healthcare disease pipeline ... provides an overview of the Anaplastic Oligoastrocytoma (Oncology) ... tumor that forms when two types of cells ... increase in number to form a mass. These ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... 2016  Nearly 30 million people in ... of diabetes. 1 However, nearly 40% of diabetes ... (hyperglycemia) and significant glucose variability. 2 These patients are ... events. If left untreated, hyperglycemia can lead to cardiovascular ... blindness. 3 As part of Diabetes ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... 2016  Arcturus Therapeutics, Inc. ("Arcturus" or the ... that it entered into collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceutical ... treatment of NASH and other gastrointestinal (GI) related ... and UNA Oligomer chemistry. The financial terms were ... to and expertise in GI disorders, we are ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: