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What is Centra Care’s most common Hurricane-related injury?

Hurricane season is officially here and although we don’t have any storms threatening yet, living in Florida, it’s always smart to be prepared. The doctors at Centra Care warn that the most common injury they see after a hurricane, believe it or not, is burns — burns from candles, the exhaust pipes on generators and from gas grills — all items commonly used during power outages.

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When it comes to hurricane preparedness, here are a few things you may not be thinking of:

  • Be sure you have at least one fire extinguisher per floor (preferably more) and that everyone in the house knows where to find it.
  • Inspect gas grills for cracks or damage to fittings and hoses.
  • Learn how to properly use your generator now, don’t wait for when you really need it.

Always remember the basics of burn first aid:

Unless it covers a large area, most minor burns, which affect only the outer layer of skin, can be treated at home.

  • Run under cool water for 5 – 10 minutes
  • Do not use ice
  • Cover the area with dry, sterile gauze
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers.

Burns on the face, hands, feet and genitals can be particularly serious. For more severe burns always seek medical treatment immediately.