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Sizzling Safely: Urgent Care’s Guide to Grill Safety

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Family grilling safely outdoors

A Close Call at the Grill

Imagine a sunny day in Monticello, perfect for a family barbecue. Jim, a local dad, was about to make a common grilling mistake, potentially leading to an urgent care visit. Luckily, he remembered the safety tips from Stellis Health.

Grill Safety: Why It Matters

Grilling, a popular summer activity, also brings its share of hazards. Injuries from grills can range from minor burns to more serious accidents, with July being the peak month for grill-related injuries and fires.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that nearly half of thermal burns come from grilling. These can vary from superficial to full-thickness burns, often affecting hands due to contact with the grill or hot food​​.

Types of Grill-Related Injuries Seen at Urgent Care

  • Thermal Burns: From minor skin irritations to severe burns requiring medical attention.
  • Smoke Inhalation: Can lead to respiratory issues, especially in enclosed spaces.
  • Cuts and Lacerations: While cleaning or maintaining grills.
  • Fire-related Injuries: Due to flare-ups or misuse of flammable liquids.

 

In 2022, there were 5,400 ER-treated injuries related to grills, emphasizing the need for caution​​.

Top Grill Safety Tips from Stellis Health

Most grilling accidents are preventable. By following these simple tips, you can enjoy a safe barbecue season.

  • Location, Location, Location: Keep your grill outdoors and away from your house, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

 

Inspecting grill for safe usage

  • Cleanliness is Key: Regularly clean your grill to prevent grease buildup, which can lead to unexpected fires.
  • Check for Leaks: If you’re using a gas grill, make a habit of checking the gas tank hose for leaks before the season’s first BBQ. You can do this by applying a light soap and water solution to the hose and turning on the gas. If there’s a leak, you’ll see bubbles forming.
  • Never Leave It Unattended: Grills are like toddlers; turn your back for a second, and chaos ensues. Always keep an eye on your grill when it’s in use.
  • Fire Safety Tools: Have baking soda on hand to control a grease fire and a fire extinguisher nearby for other fires. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, keep a bucket of sand or a garden hose nearby.
  • Open the Lid When Lighting: If you’re lighting a gas grill, always open the lid first. This prevents gas from building up inside, which could lead to a dangerous explosion.
  • Don’t Overload the Grill: Especially with fatty meats, because if too much fat drips on the flames, it can cause a flare-up.

 

Ensuring child safety near grill

  • Keep Kids and Pets Away: Set up a safety zone around the grill to keep the kiddos and furry friends from getting too close.
  • Dress Appropriately: Avoid loose clothing that could catch fire and use long-handled grilling tools to keep your hands and arms away from the heat.
  • Let It Cool: Give your grill ample time to cool down before covering or storing it.


Stellis Health: Your Partner in Urgent Care

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“During the summer, we often see an increase in grill-related injuries at our urgent care centers. From minor burns to more serious cases requiring immediate attention, these incidents highlight the importance of practicing safety while grilling.

At Stellis Health, we’re committed to providing fast and effective care for these injuries, but we also strongly advocate for prevention through safe grilling practices.

Remember, a little caution goes a long way in ensuring a fun and safe barbecue season for everyone”

Christine Luce, PA-C, Urgent Care

Are You Grill-Ready?

As the grilling season heats up, are you prepared to grill safely? Stellis Health is here if you need us, but we hope you won’t have to!

Learn more about urgent care services at Stellis Health

You may also be interested in these Summer related blogs:

Skin Cancer Prevention: A Focus for Melanoma Month
• 10 Warning Signs of Heat Exhaustion You Can’t Ignore (dangers of heat exhaustion)

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