Baton Rouge, La. – Each year, more than 15,000 patients visit emergency
rooms for burns involving grills (National Fire Protection Agency, 2014).
With Memorial Day celebrations scheduled for the weekend, Baton Rouge
General Regional Burn Center Medical Director Dr. Tracee Short urges people
to practice fire safety with five simple tips.
- Only use grills outside, and remember to keep a 3-foot “safe zone”
- Never let children play around a grill.
- Check to make sure propane tank connections are secure on gas grills.
- Build campfires at least 15 feet away from tent walls, shrubs or other
materials that burn.
- Never use gasoline or other accelerants on campfires.
“Summer allows for fun outdoor opportunities, but it’s essential
to know about fire safety,” advises Dr. Tracee Short, BRG Regional
Burn Center Medical Director. “Being prepared is important, but
prevention is even more effective.”
Baton Rouge General's Regional Burn Center was first established in
1970 and is one of only 125 burn centers in the U.S. verified by the American
Burn Association. Because of the limited number of burn centers across
the nation, Baton Rouge General plays an integral role in supporting other
Gulf Coast states when the need arises. Among the Regional Burn Center’s
offerings are support groups and counseling as well as educational resources.
Learn more about the BRG Regional Burn Center’s resources and team
of experts by visiting
here or by contacting (225) 387-7717 or
About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community
hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. Baton Rouge General
opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community
with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital
since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as a satellite campus of Tulane
University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs,
including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family
Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports
Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit
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