Safer Celebrations: Fire Safety, Food Handling, & Burn Tips for the Fourth

A couple grilling for the fourth of July.

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, so it’s time to fire up those grills! As we come together to commemorate our nation’s independence, it’s essential to keep safety at the forefront of our minds. During outdoor grilling festivities, remember fire safety, proper food handling, & burn prevention. At The Morrissey Law Firm, we care about your well-being. That’s why we’ve put together these crucial safety tips to ensure your Fourth is accident-free.

Fire Safety

Every year, grilling accidents result in almost 9,000 house fires. Staying cautious can help prevent dangerous situations and keep your loved ones safe.

  1. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby, and familiarize yourself with its operation.
  2. Never leave the grill unattended, especially if children or pets are nearby.
  3. Place the grill in a well-ventilated, open area away from combustible materials.
  4. Check gas grills for leaks by applying soapy water to the connections before igniting them.

Food Handling

According to the CDC, foodborne illnesses affect 48 million Americans annually. Improper food handling at barbecues can contribute to these numbers. By practicing proper food safety, you can help prevent foodborne illnesses and ensure a healthy holiday.

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling raw meat.
  2. Use separate utensils and cutting boards for raw and cooked foods to avoid cross-contamination.
  3. Cook meats to the proper internal temperatures – 145°F for steaks, roasts, and fish, and 160°F for ground meats.

Burn Tips

Burn injuries are prevalent during the Fourth of July, with a significant number resulting from outdoor cooking activities. If you or a loved one gets burned while enjoying your grilling festivities, know what to do!

  1. The first step is to immediately cool the affected area with cold running water for at least 10 minutes. This helps to reduce the severity of the burn and alleviate pain.
  2. After cooling the burn, cover it with a clean, non-stick sterile bandage or a clean cloth to protect the wound from infection.
  3. Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help manage pain and reduce inflammation. Always follow the recommended dosage.

Please note that while the tips for treating minor burns are generally considered safe, it’s always essential to seek professional medical advice for serious burns or burns affecting a large area of the body.

As you gear up to enjoy the fireworks, music, and delicious food this Independence Day, always keep safety in mind. At The Morrissey Law Firm, we wish you a happy and safe Fourth of July! Contact us any time to start evaluating your potential injury claim.