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Stay Safe While You Grill This Summer

The arrival of summer has presented its annual invitation to embrace the favorable weather by enticing many of us to become involved with our favorite outdoor interests. This includes participation in various sports and recreational activities, numerous projects around the yard, and simply spending time outside in comfortable settings with family and friends.

This is also a time in which grilling becomes a pastime with greater frequency for a large number of people. But now that many of you are combining the enjoyment of being outdoors with the opportunity to cook and consume some of the foods that signify the summer grilling process, it is wise to maintain habits that keep you, your family and your friends completely safe at all times.

The annual summertime surge in grilling also creates the unwanted consequence of a rise in fires and accidents as more people engage in this popular activity. According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), grill fires are most likely to occur during the months of May (14%), June (14%), July (17%), and August (13%). 82% of these home fires occurred with gas grills, while 14% of the fires took place on charcoal grills.

The NFPA also states that nearly 17,000 patients currently require emergency medical care each year due to injuries that are related to grilling. 49% of these are thermal burns that are the result of contact with hot objects. Children under the age of five represent 35% of the thermal non-fire grill burns. These usually take place when a child touches or accidentally bumps into a grill.

It is important for you to avoid having to experience any dangerous situations when you are grilling by making sure that you follow a list of safety tips that will dramatically reduce the risk of a fire or an emergency situation. Fortunately, you can accomplish this by maintaining a continual commitment toward adhering to this group of precautions before you place food on the grill, while you are cooking every item, and also after you have completed your grilling of each particular meal.

Safety Tips For Using Your Grill

1. Keep Your Grill Away From All Structures – the use of charcoal and gas grills are responsible for over 25% of home fires. These occur on back porches, balconies, patios, courtyards, and terraces. Your grill should remain at least 10 feet away from all structures to reduce the risk of an emergency

2. Check Your Propane Grill For Leaks – You should examine the gas tank hose on your propane grill to make sure that no leaks have emerged. This is done by applying soap and water to the hose and turning on your gas. If a leak is present, you will see the solution bubble. Also, if you smell gas near the area of your barbecue or your flame will not light, these are additional signs that you have a propane leak

3. Maintain a Clean Grill – you should always remove any build-up of fat or grease from the tray below your grill, and the grill itself. Anyone who prefers a charcoal grill should also allow the coals to cool off thoroughly before disposing of them. When they are removed, you should place them in a metal container

4. Be Cautious When Using Charcoal Starter Fluid – if you are using a charcoal grill, you should never use anything except charcoal starter fluid. If you begin to lose your fire, you should not add any additional fluid or flammable liquids to the fire

5. Keep Your Grill Open When You Turn On The Gas – you should never leave your grill lid closed when you light your gas. Otherwise, this places you at risk of experiencing an exploding fireball when you finally do open the lid

6. Wear Safe Clothing – you should always avoid any clothing that is more likely to catch fire such as any shirts that have long sleeves, or long tails. Apron strings should not be allowed to hang down near your grill

7. Keep Your Grill Stable – your grill should be set up on a flat surface at all times in order to avoid any possibility that the grill will tip over

8. Stay At Your Grill – while this may initially appear to be a simple recommendation, it is wise to avoid walking away from your grill at any time while it is in use

9. Keep Children Away From Your Grill – children should never play near the grill, and all pets should also be kept away in order to avoid any chance of an emergency situation. It is best to make sure that all kids and animals remain at least three feet away from the grill at all times

10. Do Not Grill Indoors – you should never grill indoors. Sometimes the thought of doing so might be enticing if you believe that your grill is small. However, this creates a massive risk for fire. Grills will also release carbon monoxide which could be fatal not only for you but for your family members and your pets

11. Have A Plan For Extinguishing Any Fire – you should keep baking soda and a fire extinguisher readily available in case you encounter a fire. If you do not have a fire extinguisher, then you should have a bucket of sand near the grill. Do not use water to combat a grease fire

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help 

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center, we want you and your family to enjoy all of your activities this summer while remaining safe in the process. If you have any questions or concerns about grilling activities, or if you have questions about a health issue of any kind, do not hesitate to contact us. At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center, not only do we offer immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening, but we also provide both primary and preventive care.

Our Primary Care 

  • After Hours Care Available
  • Continuity Of Care
  • Health Maintenance
  • Patient Education
  • Vaccinations

Our Preventative Care 

  • Alcohol Misuse Screening & Counseling
  • Atherosclerosis Risk Factor Modification
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Depression Screening
  • HIV-STD Screening
  • Immunizations
  • Obesity Screening & Counseling
  • Type 2 Diabetes Screening
  • Weight Management
  • Wellness Exams

In addition to visiting our offices at either location, you can receive the same great care and consideration by using our On Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.

Regardless of how you contact us, we can also assist you, or answer any questions regarding any of these other medical problems.

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Phil Clark
Phil’s experience as a writer enabled him to generate advertising and marketing material throughout his career in the television industry before he expanded his level of knowledge by creating various promotional elements for all forms of media in other industries. He has also produced articles that have been published in numerous publications and websites, including, and USA Today’s football magazine, where he wrote weekly columns and player profiles for multiple years. He has also worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vizio, and has a BS in Broadcasting from Indiana State University.
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