Summer BBQs & Burn Injuries

Lerner & Rowe Injury Attorneys

It’s very nearly the official start of summer, but the long, lazy days of late spring already feel like they were tailor made for backyard fun, barbecues and hanging out with friends and family. The attorneys here in our Yuma personal injury attorney office are feeling exactly the same way, but we also believe in safety first, so we thought we’d share some tips to prevent barbecue related injuries this summer.

Yuma personal injury attorney top grill safety tips:

  • Flash burns, which are caused when accelerants are used to speed up the burning of charcoal briquettes or wood fires. Ideally, solvents or fire starters should only be used at the beginning of the process, both to prevent burns and to make sure any fumes are burnt off before you start cooking food.
  • Corneal burns. It may sound weird, but standing too close to a hot grill with bright flames could be dangerous, particularly for those with sensitive eyes. Don’t get too close and keep an extra close eye on children!
  • Cuts and even lost digits are another common barbecue related injury. Be extra careful when handling any knives, and make sure that all your cutting and chopping happens before you add any alcohol into the mix!
  • Barbecues can also be a choking hazard. We know you’re hungry, and we know that steak smells ridiculously good, but remember to cut it up, and chew it properly. If you’re a regular griller or just outdoorsy, it’s a good idea to get some first aid training too, that would include how to deal with issues like choking.
  • General burns and blisters. It’s fire. It’s hot, and from time to time, someone is going to get burned. Make sure you have a first aid kit on hand to deal with minor burns, and always ensure that there’s someone who isn’t indulging in alcohol, who can take a trip to the emergency room if necessary!
  • Finally, there’s the risk of smoke inhalation. It’s unlikely, but if you’re grilling under cover, look out for signs that smoke is burning your throat or nose, and move away if there’s too much smoke around.

We truly hope that your barbecues this summer are full of fun, laughter and great food, and that you never need to look for a personal injury attorney because of them.

If you do need a Yuma personal injury attorney this summer, remember that you can call us any time on (928) 344-6200, or visit our office from 8AM to 5PM week days. We’re always happy to help!  Plus, there are no out-of-pocket costs, as we don’t get paid until you get paid.