June 21 is Father’s Day, a time to honor the men we call dad. With so many family get-togethers, we think it’s time to get serious about grilling safety!
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, approximately 5700 grill fires take place on residential property every year, most caused by malfunctioning gas grills.
Thousands of people visit emergency rooms every year due to burn injuries while barbecuing.
6 Tips to Stay Safe While Grilling Out This Father’s Day
Here are some tips to make the most of your outdoor grilling without a trip to the Emergency Department:
- Only use your grill outside and keep it at least 3 feet from siding, deck rails, and eaves.
- Keep a 3-foot safety zone around the grill to keep kids and pets safe.
- Open your gas grill before lighting.
- Keep an eye on your grill, fire pit, or patio torches. Do not walk away when they are lit.
- Clean your grill after each use. This will remove grease that can start a fire.
- Place the coals from your grill in a metal can with a lid once they have cooled.
WakeMed Emergency Departments Are Open 24/7
Remember, WakeMed emergency departments are always open – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Not sure if it’s worth a trip to the ER? View these helpful tips on when to visit the emergency department. For less serious or orthopaedic-related injuries, we also offer orthopaedic urgent care.