The Fourth of July is a time for outdoor celebrations that often involve grilling out or enjoying fireworks. These activities are fun, but they can also cause serious burns. Lerner and Rowe’s burn injury attorneys in Yuma recommend the following tips to help keep you and your family safe:
Many types of fireworks are illegal in Arizona, including bottle rockets, roman candles, and firecrackers. Attending a professional public display is the safest way to enjoy fireworks, but if you’re using them at home, take the following precautions:
- Keep children from using them
Sparklers are often thought of as harmless, but they burn at temperatures hotter than 1,000 degrees. Children should not be allowed to use them.
- Use them at a safe location
Use fireworks on the ground or a driveway, away from bushes, grass, trees, and vehicles. Keep spectators at a safe distance from where they’re being set off.
- Control who’s lighting them
Fireworks should be used only by an adult who hasn’t been drinking alcohol and who is wearing safety glasses.
- Properly dispose of fireworks
Used fireworks should be picked up with a shovel and put in a bucket of water for several hours before they’re thrown out in the trash.
In 2014, 16,600 people went to emergency rooms because of injuries involving grills.
The following tips can help you prevent burns and fires from grills:
- Keep your grill clean
Residue from old food and grease can cause your grill to flare up. Clean the grills as well as the trays below them before using.
- Use it in a safe place
Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your home and deck railings. Also have a fire extinguisher nearby in case you need it.
- Use lighter fluid carefully
If you’re using lighter fluid on a charcoal grill, never use it after coals are already lit.
- Supervise your grill
You or another adult should monitor the grill at all times to make sure a fire doesn’t start. In addition, you’ll need to make sure children, who may be tempted to touch the food or the outside of the grill, stay away from it.
If you’ve suffered a burn injury, contact Lerner and Rowe’s burn injury attorneys in Yuma at 602-977-1900. Our board certified attorneys offer free consultations and the best personal injury legal representation in Arizona.