BRG Regional Burn Center Medical Director offers burn prevention tips for
a happy, uneventful summer
Baton Rouge, La. – Each year, more than 15,000 patients visit emergency rooms for
burns involving grills. With this weekend’s Memorial Day celebrations
kicking off the summer, Baton Rouge General Regional Burn Center Medical
Director Dr. Tracee Short offers five simple burn safety tips.
“It’s easy to associate burns with heater fires in the winter,”
said Dr. Short. “Unfortunately, we see a lot of patients each summer
with burns from grills, campfires and fireworks – which can all
be prevented by using the right safety measures.”
Dr. Short’s tips include:
- Only use grills outside, and keep a 3-foot “safe zone” around them.
- 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.
While people who have been severely burned should go to an emergency room
or call 9-1-1 immediately, consultations from experts at BRG’s Regional
Burn Center are also available by
submitting pictures of burned areas securely online.
BRG has the only verified burn center between Florida and Texas, and is
one of only 68 in the U.S. that is held to specific standards by the American
Burn Association through its verified status. Established in 1970, BRG’s
Regional Burn Center plays an integral role in supporting other Gulf Coast
states when the need arises.
Learn more about the BRG Regional Burn Center’s resources and team
of experts by visiting
BRGeneral.org/Burn 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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