Grill Safely this National BBQ Month!
National BBQ Month
Few things bring more joy to a real Texan than the smell of food cooking over an open fire, the sizzle of a juicy steak, and the crackle of fresh veggies on the grill. Grilling is as American as apple pie, but nobody does it better than here in Texas!
This month is National BBQ Month, and all of us here at Prestige ER want to make sure you celebrate it in a safe way. BBQ related injuries are a real concern this time of year, and we want to help you avoid them.
#1 Avoid Burns
Our first tip to grill safely is to take the steps to avoid buns. Although most commercial grills are very safe to use, the risk of getting burned is always there when you cook outdoors. To help reduce your risk of being burned:
- Don’t use lighter fluid, gasoline or other flammable substances to fire up your charcoal or wood grills.
- Check all gas tank connection points, ensure they are tight and in good condition before you turn on the grill.
- Fat drippings from your cuts of meat can cause flames to become enlarged, make sure you use the appropriate utensils, and keep your distance.
#2 Safeguard Your Eyes
As all eyes are on the tempting feast you are preparing, our second tip grill safely is to care for your eyes. Heat and smoke from your grill can cause damage to your eyes and standing too close to the grill can even cause corneal burns.
Symptoms of a corneal burn include:
- It feels as if you have sand in your eyes
- Light sensitivity
If you experience these symptoms after grilling, you should apply cool water to your eyes and have someone drive you to our Prestige ER facility in Plano as soon as possible.
# 3 Beware of Smoke Inhalation
Grill safely by keeping it outdoors! This is one of the reasons you should never grill indoors with a gas or charcoal grill, and even if you are using an electric grill you need to make sure there is plenty of ventilation.
Although rare, it is possible to suffer from smoke inhalation while doing a BBQ outdoors, watch out for these symptoms:
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing
- Hoarse voice
- Swollen lips and tongue
- Singed nasal hairs
- Black saliva/sputum
The main issue with smoke inhalation victims is they may not be able to articulate their symptoms, especially if they have had too much to drink.
You should designate someone to check up on the cook and those surrounding the grill to ensure none of them display any of the above symptoms.
#4 Handle Knives With Care
We can’t even begin to tell you the number of visits we get a year from people who have cut themselves while preparing foods. This is why tip #4 on how to Grill Safely is to be extra cautious with knives and other sharp objects.
You need sharp knives to cut meat, and other food items typically served during a BBQ, to reduce the risk of someone suffering a laceration you should:
- Never leave knives where kids can get a hold of them
- Do not operate knives or other sharp objects while intoxicated
- Always cut meats on a hard, stable surface
#5 Pace Yourself While Eating
We understand how good a slow-cooked brisket can be, but, eating too much can cause indigestion, heartburn, and other discomforts. Not only is it important to know how to grill safely, but to enjoy the meal afterwards without complications.
Eating too fast, not chewing your food properly, or trying to swallow a large piece of meat can cause you to choke, if you notice anyone who displays any of the following symptoms, you need to come into Prestige ER immediately:
- Has trouble breathing
- Complains of chest pain
- Unable to speak or are spitting up saliva
We Hope You Have a Lovely Spring & Summer!
Enjoy getting that BBQ on safely! At Prestige ER we wish everyone a safe and happy spring and summer.
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Prestige ER is honored to serve all the residents of Plano, Mesquite, and surrounding cities, we hope we have inspired you to go out in search of a little adventure this spring, and we take this opportunity to remind you that our emergency center is opened 24/7 every day of the year if you need us, we are here for you.
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