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NEW YORK (Jun 28, 2013)

Take extra care this Fourth of July and at all of your summer celebrations by ensuring that accidents do not interfere with summer fun.

Dr. Roger Yurt, director of the Hearst Burn Center of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and the New York City Fire Department recommend the following safety tips to avoid burns from barbecues, fireworks and other routine activities that can pose a hazard this summer.

  • Fireworks. Leave them to the professionals! Fireworks and sparklers can get as hot as 1,200°F and can lead to devastating burns, fires, and even death when handled improperly. Instead of trying to put on a show of your own, check out your local professional fireworks displays and remember to stay at least 500 feet away from the fun to stay safe.
  • Grilling. Keep it outdoors! Grills should always be used outside. In fact, you want to position your grill in an open area at least 10 feet away from all buildings, deck railings, and overhanging branches. Always light the match before turning on the propane gas, and never leave your grill unattended once lit.
  • Protect yourself from barbecue burns. A few simple precautions can prevent you from experiencing common cooking burns: use barbecue utensils with long handles, wear short or tight-fitting sleeves, and have a garden hose or bucket of sand available to put out small grill flare-ups.
  • Protect kids against severe burns. Road, sand, and playground surfaces can get extremely hot, sometimes reaching temperatures in excess of 180°F. Children and adults should always wear shoes when outside to avoid injuries and foot burns.
  • Always wear sunscreen. Always apply sunscreen to the skin at least 30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply it every 1 to 2 hours during the day to avoid severe sunburn. It's also important to reapply sunscreen after swimming, sweating or exercising.

For more information, patients may call (866) NYP-NEWS. To get more practical fire safety tips for the entire family, visit the Burn Center and FDNY fire safety pages at www.nyp.org/burncenter and www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/safety/index.shtml.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, based in New York City, is the nation's largest not-for-profit, non-sectarian hospital, with 2,409 beds. The Hospital has nearly 2 million inpatient and outpatient visits in a year, including 12,797 deliveries and 195,294 visits to its emergency departments. NewYork-Presbyterian's 6,144 affiliated physicians and 19,376 staff provide state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine at five major centers: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division. One of the most comprehensive health care institutions in the world, the Hospital is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education and community service. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. The Hospital has academic affiliations with two of the nation's leading medical colleges: Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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