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Posted August 23, 2021 by Kevin D. Markowski, MD
For many, summertime is not complete until one activity has been done—a campfire! From gooey s’mores and roasted hot dogs to sharing ghost stories, campfires are a sure-fire way to get into the summery spirit, all while surrounded by family and friends.
Unfortunately, a burn from the campfire can quickly put a damper on those summertime memories. As one of the most dangerous activities without the proper burn prevention and protocols in place, campfires are a leading cause for damaging forest fires and camping injuries that can leave lasting scars — physically and mentally.
So, the next time you’re sitting around a roaring fire, follow Summa Health’s Do’s and Don’ts to campfire safety to protect you and your family. These tips will help keep this summer’s memories from becoming a horror story.
Dos for campfire safety
Don’ts for campfire safety
What to do in case of a campfire emergency
Unfortunately, accidents can and do happen. To treat a minor burn, first try to cool it down with cool water. Avoid ice and cold water because it can further damage the skin. Clean the area of debris and cover the burn with a clean, dry cloth and seek medical attention, if necessary.
If your clothing catches on fire, remember to stop, drop to the ground, and roll back and forth until the fire is out. Remove clothing that is burned.
First-degree burns can be treated at home with petroleum jelly and bandages, but second- and third-degree burns require more care. Seek immediate medical care if:
Some of the best summertime memories are made next to the campfire. This year, follow proper campfire safety protocols so you can keep the focus on the yummy treats and even better company.