Summer Burn Injuries to Avoid this Season
For many families throughout the Las Vegas area, the summer season means hosting family cookouts and taking a dip in the pool to cool off from the soaring temperatures. Unfortunately, many popular summer activities do come with a risk of burn injuries, some of which may be serious enough to require emergency care . The ER team at MountainView Hospital encourages our neighbors to enjoy a safe and fun summer season.
Sunburn doesn’t always require emergency care, but it’s a good idea to go to the ER if you experience intense pain, fevers, and chills, nausea, vomiting, confusion, faintness, or severe blisters. Since acquiring sunburn just once can increase the risk of skin cancer, it’s best to practice preventive medicine. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher 30 minutes before going outdoors. Reapply sunscreen as often as the product label recommends. Reduce your sun exposure by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Camping is a fun family activity that many Las Vegas-area residents look forward to. However, since campsites are typically further away from the nearest emergency care department, it’s particularly important to exercise caution. Use established fireplaces or pits or build a campfire in a completely cleared area. Keep a fire extinguisher within reach and supervise children at all times near the fire. Never leave the fire unattended and be sure to thoroughly extinguish it.
Barbecue grills should always be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s directions. Keep the grill away from objects that may catch fire, such as overhanging tree branches or awnings. Never add starter fluid to a fire that is already ignited. Keep children and pets away from the area. When grilling food, use long-handled tongs, tie up long hair, and avoid wearing loose clothing that might catch fire.
If you or a loved one does suffer a burn injury in Las Vegas this summer, you can count on the emergency care team at MountainView Hospital to be available around the clock. Our emergency care team is dedicated to providing rapid patient evaluations and treatment initiations. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency; otherwise, you can direct non-emergent inquiries to a registered nurse at our hospital by calling (702) 233-5300.