It's grilling and gardening season. But, unfortunately that means an uptick in the number of burns associated with barbecuing and household projects, says Gary Purdue, professor of surgery and a burn specialist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
He recommends extreme caution while grilling and keeping a jar of water around to slow down fires or put out hot coals and wood that may jump out of the fire. Immediately run cold water over a minor burn, cooling the whole area for 10 minutes. Do not use ice or lotions, Purdue says.He also says gasoline should not be used to wash off paint, soak clothes or kill insects, as it can ignite or cause breathing or skin problems.