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Summer safety: Preventing common burns in Vegas heat

Posted at 8:27 PM, Jun 23, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Don’t get burned with summertime fun.

When you think of summer, you think of hiking, swimming, grilling, and fireworks, but not the potential to get burned during such activities.

Dr. Jay Coates, medical director of the Burn and Reconstructive Center at Sunrise Hospital, spoke to 13 Action News about the potential of getting burned from the pavement over the summer and shared tips on how to stay burn-free during the Vegas heat.

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"The pavement here gets a lot hotter than you think. When it's over 102 degrees, the pavement can reach temperatures of 170 degrees," Dr. Coates said.

He also says when the temperatures get hot, the hospital starts to see about a half dozen burns a week.

Thursday, Dr. Coates reminded people to wear thick shoes and to avoid spending time touching the ground with bare skin during the summer months.