Story by: Abbie Chambers on June 29, 2016
Nothing makes for a better weekend get-together than grilling out with your favorite foods. But before you light up the grill, make sure you have everyone’s safety in mind.
“According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three out of five households own a gas grill or outdoor cooking device,” said Andrew Rochet, M.D., medical director, Emergency Services, Norton Brownsboro Hospital. “And to go along with the use of the grill, more than 18,000 injuries have been attributed to grilling or outdoor cooking.”
Check out these grilling safety tips to help you prepare for your summer festivities.
Before you grill
“In many cases, failure to clean the grill is the leading factor contributing to fire or accidents,” said Erika Janes, R.N., safety coordinator, Office of Child Advocacy at Norton Children’s Hospital. “It is important to always keep your grill clean to avoid odors and potential fires that can cause injury.”
A few other tips to consider before firing up the grill:
“Your guests, and especially children, should be kept away from the grill while it is in use and for several hours afterward, since the heat will remain intense,” Dr. Rochet said. “So when setting up your grill, be sure it is away from high-traffic areas and take authority to ask others to keep their children and pets away.”
Properly turning the gas grill on and off
Tips for charcoal grills
If an accident happens
“Should you get burned, immediately place cool, but not cold, towels over the area and leave it in for 20 minutes or as long as you can tolerate it,” Dr. Rochet said. “The home remedy recommendations of applying butter or wrapping the area are not effective.”
If the area blisters, Dr. Rochet recommends that you do not pop the blister. Just keep it clean and covered so it doesn’t get infected.
If you are concerned about the burn and need help determining if you need to see a physician, Dr. Rochet recommends this rule of thumb, especially for children:
“If the blister is bigger than the child’s hand or is causing intolerable discomfort, then seek medical treatment. If the burn is significant, treatment at the nearest emergency room may be necessary.”
So enjoy your summer grilling festivities with these safety tips in mind.
For minor injuries, including burns, 13 convenient Norton Immediate Care Centers are open daily, including most holidays.
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