Practicing Burn Safety When You Grill This Summer

Grilling is a pleasant way to introduce creativity to your culinary creations. If you plan on setting up your grill this summer, take a few minutes to remind yourself of some basic grilling safety guidelines. Doing so could save you or a loved one from serious burn injuries that require emergency care. Even when precautions are taken, however, accidents can occur from time to time. The emergency care department at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center of Las Vegas is available 24/7 for your family’s needs.

Setting Up the Grill as Directed

Review the manufacturer’s instructions and set up the grill as directed. Always place gas, charcoal, and electric grills on a flat surface away from overhanging branches and leaves. Grills should never be set up in an enclosed area such as a tent, garage, or shed because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning . It’s also best to set up the grill away from high-traffic areas.

Keeping Kids Safe

If you have young children, remind them to never go near the grill while it’s hot. There should be an adult near the grill at all times to prevent young children from sustaining burn injuries from the hot grill.

Grilling Food Safely

Adults are susceptible to burn injuries, too. Before grilling put on a short-sleeved shirt that isn’t too loose. Loose clothing can readily catch on fire. Use a long-handled fork or pair of tongues to move food around on the grill; this can help prevent burn injuries from splatters. You should also have a fire extinguisher nearby while the grill is hot. Never add starter fluid or any other flammable fluid to the charcoal once the fire has already been started.

When serious burns occur in the Las Vegas area, the emergency care and wound care teams at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center can provide rapid interventions. If you or a loved one requires emergency care, please call 911 now. Non-emergent inquiries and physician referral requests may be directed to our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5300.

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