There’s nothing better than grilling out when the weather is nice! Unfortunately, cooking outdoors is a common cause of injuries and accidental fires. Without the proper safety precautions, cooking outdoors can quickly turn into a trip for emergency care.

Check out these 5 tips and be sure to enjoy your dinner… Not a trip to Patient First.

Be Prepared

You should always keep a fire extinguisher handy when grilling. If you have a fire, spray it immediately with the extinguisher. You should also be aware that pouring water on hot coals could cause a steam burn, so it is best to use a fire extinguisher to put out the flames.

Keep a Distance

While we know the deck seems like the perfect place for grilling, you should ensure there is enough space between your grill and your house. This can help prevent damage to your house in the event of a fire.

Be Careful with Gas or Charcoal

Handle propane gas or charcoal with extreme caution, especially if the coals are still hot. If you are lighting your grill with a BBQ lighter, ensure there is nothing around that can also catch fire, and clean up any lighter fluid spills.

Keep it Closed

Be sure your grill cover is properly closed to prevent accidental burns while cooking, or while the grill is cooling off. Do not allow small children or animals near the grill, as inadvertently bumping or touching the grill can cause severe burns.

Clean it Off

Clean off your grill before and after each use to ensure food does not become charred on the grates. A buildup of burned food or leftover grease can cause smoking or fires if left uncleaned. You should also clean your grill with products made specifically for the appliance, as well as using use the proper tools like brushes designed to remove grease.

And Lastly… Enjoy your meal!

We are here when you need us! Patient First is able to evaluate and treat a wide range of illnesses and injuries. You can visit any Patient First  center  from 8am to 8pm, every day of the year – no appointment is needed.


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