A Wisconsin-based company went live with a new hotline over Memorial Day weekend staffed by registered nurses to provide expert advice on treating minor burns.
An expected surge in traditional summer activities - following loosensed travel and gathering restrictions nationwide - prompted Alocane of Pleasant Prairie, WI to establish the free Ask Alocane Burn Hotline.
"It's crucial to treat even the slightest of burns as quickly and efficiently as possible," said registered nurse and Ask Alocane Burn Hotline representative Laura Gardon, in a company press release announcing the hotline . "Small, minor burns deserve the same advice as any medical question and our team of nurses will be ready to put people at ease this summer when there are more burn incidents."
Alocane manufacturers over the-counter products to treat minor burns and abrasions. The company is a brand name under the Quest Products corporate umbrella. Alocane says the National Fire Protection Association pegs July as the peak month for grill fires in the United States. Contact burns, meanwhile, are also a common occurence and are prevalent among children under five who might accidentally touch or bump into a lighted grill.
This summer is extra special for all of us and launching this free service now is all the more meaningful. - Jon Romanow - director of marketing for Alocane maker Quest Products, Inc.
Other stats cited in the Alocane announcement:
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that more than 1 out of every 3 Americans reports getting sunburned each year.
- The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that on average, 180 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.
"We hope our service provides an additional layer of support this summer to people who want quick advice about a minor burn at no cost," said Jon Romanow, director of marketing at Quest Products, Inc. makers of Alocane, in a company statement. "This summer is extra special for all of us and launching this free service now is all the more meaningful."
The Ask Alocane Burn Hotline went live on May 29. The toll-free number will next be available on Fourth of July weekend by dialing 1-866-256-2263. But a live chat service is accessible 7-days a week through July 31, from 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. (CT) at www.alocane.com/hotline. Any serious burn emergencies should be handled in any community or household by immediately dialing 911