The New York City Fire Department and Dr. Roger Yurt, director of the Hearst Burn Center of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, recommend the following to avoid burns:
-- Leave fireworks to the professionals and stay at least 500 feet away from a display.
-- Only grill outdoors. Place a grill in an open area at least 10 feet away from all buildings, deck railings and overhanging branches. Never leave a grill unattended.
-- Use barbecue utensils with long handles, wear short or tight fitting sleeves, have a garden hose or bucket of sand available to put out small grill flare-ups.
-- Road, sand and playground surfaces can get extremely hot and can reach temperatures of 180 degrees or more. Children should always wear shoes when playing on these surfaces.
-- Always apply sunscreen to the skin at least 30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply it every 1 to 2 hours during the day to avoid severe sunburn. Reapply sunscreen after swimming, sweating or exercising.
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