Preventing Summertime Burns with Grilling Safety

Few activities epitomize the essence of summertime quite like grilling, even for West Hills residents who enjoy pleasant temperatures year-round. Grilling can be an enjoyable way of preparing healthy, delicious meals for your family, but it also poses certain hazards. Taking precautions will minimize the risk of burn injuries to you and your family members. When accidents do occur, your family can trust the providers at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital.

Preparing to Grill at Home

Before you light your grill , clean the drip trays and grill to remove grease accumulation. If you have a propane grill, check the connection points and tighten if they’re loose. Check the gas tank hose for leaks by spraying a solution of soap and water all over the hose. Turn the tank on and check the entire hose for the appearance of bubbles. If bubbles do appear, it means that your propane hose has a leak and needs to be replaced. Place the grill well away from the house, overhanging branches, and other flammable objects. Set it up on a level surface. Make sure your kids know that they must stay away from the grill while you’re using it. If you have outdoor pets, consider keeping them indoors while the grill is hot.

Handling a Hot Grill Safely

If you intend on using charcoal starter fluid, use it before you ignite the coals; never add starter fluid to a fire that is already burning. Use long-handled forks or tongs to move food around on the grill. If you have long hair, tie it back. Avoid wearing loose clothing or long sleeves that might ignite from a stray spark.

Staying Safe Near Campfires

Use an existing campfire ring if available or create a new ring on a dirt surface that is devoid of leaves, dry grass, logs, and rotten stumps. Make sure there are no overhanging branches nearby and pile your extra firewood well away from the campfire. When you’re finished preparing your food, extinguish the campfire with water, stir the remnants, and add more water.

The multidisciplinary team at the Grossman Burn Center is available 24/7 to provide specialized care to burn patients of all ages. You’ll find the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital , which also offers exceptional emergency care, maternity services, and cancer care. Medical emergencies should be directed to 911; in non-emergent situations, West Hills residents can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (818) 676-4321.

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