Prevent Fall Fire Injuries


By Gay Fulkerson



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Many people are injured by fire.

The Fourth of July and Labor Day bring fireworks injuries while fall brings injuries from burning leaves and garbage.

Do not throw gas or flammable liquids onto the fire. It will come back toward you and burn you before you can move away. The safest way to start a fire is to soak the dry material with fire starter and place a rope into the fire and roll it away from the dry material. Light the rope and move away.

Make sure to have the fire in a fire pit or gravel to prevent spreading the fire to areas where you do not want it to be. Check with local governments to see when burning is allowed. Keep a water hose or fire extinguisher nearby. If the fire gets out of hand, call the fire department.

If you are burned, STOP, DROP, ROLL and seek medical attention immediately. Burns can worsen quickly and become infected.

We treat many burns in the Wound Care Center at TLRMC. Please call if you need assistance. A referral is not needed to make an appointment. (270) 259-1612.

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