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We Care About You: Top 10 Ways to Avoid Burns

The American Burn Association recognizes the first full week in February as Burn Awareness Week. This year, the week began yesterday and runs through Saturday, Feb. 12.

It is designed to provide an opportunity for burn, fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in our communities. 

At University of Louisville Hospital, we have the only adult burn unit in the region and are committed to educating our community on burn awareness and prevention. Here are our Top 10 Ways to Avoid Burns and keep you and your family safe:

  1. Always wear a high SPF sunblock when out in the sun
  2. Leave electrical work to professionals
  3. Avoid burning garbage or brush
  4. If grease catches fire while cooking, cover it with a pan lid or a moist towel (throwing water on it can actually increase the intensity!)
  5. Never mix alcohol with fireworks or any type of fire
  6. Always keep cigarette lighters and candles away from children
  7. Keep your water heater temperature at or below 120 degrees Fahrenheit
  8. Ensure that your house has working smoke detectors and never remove the batteries
  9. Always keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, or any other area where a fire is possible
  10. If you’re using chemicals, be sure to wear protective clothing


          11. NEVER add an accelerant (gas or diesel) to a grill!

A fire can be absolutely devastating. Recently, a former patient in our Burn Unit, Firefighter Captain Michael Long, shared his story with us. It is an intense journey that cover the fire that injured him through to his hospitalization and recovery. You can read his story by clicking here.

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