How to Avoid a Barbecue Accident?

Summer Backyard Bbq Grill Party SceneAre you enjoying your Labor Day weekend? Perhaps barbecuing with your friends and family? This is the last long weekend of summer. I hope that you are having fun.

Did you know that each year hundreds of people end up in the emergency room from barbecuing accidents? Burns and carbon monoxide poisoning are some of the common injuries. Take precautions to avoid these common injuries.

Here are some tips for avoiding barbecuing injuries:

  1. Never use a charcoal grill inside your home, your vehicle, tents or campers even if you have ventilation.
  2. Never use gasoline to start your grill – it can explode.
  3. Immediately after using starter fluid, put the cap on it and store it far away from the grill.
  4. If you dump your coal while it’s still hot, make sure everyone, including children, stays far away from the hot coals.
  5. Most accidents with gas grills happen close to the time when the gas tank has just been refilled.  Make sure the gas tank is properly connected and there are no leaks.
  6. Never start a gas grill when the lid is closed
  7. Never keep a filled gas tank in a hot car or a trunk.
  8. Don’t use regular forks and knifes to cook on the grill. Make sure you are using long handled utensils to avoid burns.

Remember grilling can be fun but it’s also dangerous. Make sure only adults are doing the grilling.

Have you ever had a barbecuing accident? What tips do you have? I’d love to hear from you!

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6 Things to Do to Keep Healthy this July 4th

Four Wooden Rocking Chairs And The American FlagToday we celebrate Independence Day. As we gather with friends and family, I want to wish everyone a wonderful Fourth of July and a safe holiday.

Enjoy the outdoor barbecues, bonfires, and fireworks, but make sure to keep yourself and your loved ones safe by celebrating responsibly. Taking a few simple precautions can help avoid a hospital visit:

  1. Be cautious when driving. Fatal accidents and DUIs spike over holiday weekends.
  2. Take care when using fireworks and sparklers. Review my previous post on avoiding firework-related injuries.
  3. Stay sober, wear a life jacket, and make sure kids are supervised when swimming or boating.
  4. Stay hydrated and find some shade. Dehydration and sunstroke are a serious risk during the summer months.
  5. SPF is your friend. While a tan may be appealing, prolonged sun exposure can lead to serious burns and increase your risk for melanoma. When applied regularly, sunscreen can help.
  6. Keep kids at a safe distance from fire pits.

What you are doing this holiday weekend to keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe? I’d love to hear from you!

Stay healthy and enjoy the holiday!

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How to Avoid Firework Injuries this July 4th

Father And Daughter Looking Fireworks In The Evening SkyDid you know that more than 8,700 people were burned or injured from fireworks over the July 4th holiday last year?

Firework injuries are serious and can cause blindness, third-degree burns, and permanent scarring.

Since you probably don’t want to be one of the statistics, follow these rules to stay safe.

1. Don’t play with fireworks.
The best way to avoid getting injured is not to play with fireworks. There are many public firework displays that you can enjoy. Leave it to the professionals.

2. Don’t even play with firecrackers or other “small” fireworks.
Firecrackers, sparklers, and bottle rockets cause the most injuries. In fact, sparklers can reach a temperature of 1,800 degrees and account for most firework-related burns. Just because it’s small, doesn’t mean it’s safe.

3. Never let children near fireworks.
If you decide against rules 1 and 2, keep children (and pets!) away from fireworks. Keep a water hose nearby in case of fire.

Take fireworks seriously.  Enjoy the July 4th holiday, but remember safety first.

Does your family buy fireworks this July 4th? What safety precautions will you take? I’d love to hear from you!

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