Fire up that grill! Hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs, chicken, veggies, and so many other foods simply taste better when grilled outdoors! Many of us enjoy outdoor grilling during the summer months and so we would like to focus on grilling safety during July.
Please take a few minutes to watch the YouTube video from ESPN SportsCenter Anchor Hannah Storm, as she shares about her 2012 grilling accident and recovery.
Whether you have grilled many times, or if this is your first time, carefully read the safety instructions that came with your grill. If you watched the video you can see the importance of doing this. Also, place a fire extinguisher nearby and ensure that you and your loved ones know how to properly use it.
Safe Grilling Tips:
- Every grilling season - review the safety instructions provided by the grill manufacturer.
- Maintain your grill to ensure it is clean and in good working order - check for leaks if you use gas or propane grills.
- Never grill indoors, near windows, or near doors - this could result in carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and know how to properly use it.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill.
- Never leave the grill unattended.
Grilling Safety Tips (PDF) / Fire Safety (PDF) / Using a Fire Extinguisher (Video)
Exposure to excessive heat can cause illness, injury and even death. Approximately 688 people die each year from exposure to extreme heat (CDC). The elderly, young children and people with chronic health problems are most at risk. Be alert to the symptoms of heat related illnesses to make this a safer summer for you and your loved ones.
The symptoms of heat exhaustion:
- Muscle cramps
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness or fainting
The symptoms of heatstroke:
- High body temperature (>103ºF)
- Rapid, strong pulse
- Red, hot and dry skin
- Throbbing headache
- Dizziness and confusion
Heat-related illnesses are preventable. During extreme heat:
- Frequently check on those who are at risk and may be affected by the heat.
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid beverages that contain alcohol or caffeine.
- Avoid strenuous activity.
- Dress in light weight clothing.
- Stay indoors and use air-conditioning when possible.
Children in Vehicles
Never leave children in a car when it is warm outside. A quick errand, such as picking up a gallon of milk, can create a potentially fatal situation.
In warm weather cars heat up quickly - even on moderate days. Some facts from the Pediatrics Journal:
- The majority of the rise in temperature in a vehicle occurs within the first 30 minutes.
- After 60 minutes, there could be about a 40ºF increase in temperature (when outside temperatures are between 72 to 96ºF).
- Slightly opening the windows to vent the air does not significantly decrease the temperature inside the vehicle.
Remember - The temperature inside a vehicle can reach 117ºF in as little as 15-30 minutes when the outside temperature is 72ºF.
Be safe - take your children with you.
Summer is a great time to be outdoors with our pets. Going on a walk and even camping with pets can be fun. Remember though - hot weather can cause problems for pets.
During the summer NEVER lock your pet in a car, even with the windows open, they can suffer from heat stroke or worse. Learn the warning signs of an overheated pet:
- Excessive panting
- Increased heart and respiratory rate
- Mild weakness
- Stupor or collapse
Many pets suffer in the summer, but if you take note of these safety tips, you and your pet will be properly prepared for a great summer!
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