ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Independence Day is known for lots of fun and celebrations, but the holiday weekend also sees some serious burns every year.
The Red Cross of Alaska has issued a warning to be careful around campfires and any other source of fire, making sure children are clear of open flames and fireworks. But in case of an accident, the Red Cross wants people to know how to react before help arrives -- including the "cool and cover" procedure.
"So really easy, two simple steps," said Emily Fette with the Red Cross. "Cool the burn, no matter what kind of burn it was, so if it was from radiation or a heat source, anything like that, you want to cool it with lots of running water or just water in general. And then cover it with sterile bandages or sterile cloth -- anything to keep it from being exposed from infection in the outside air."