Some of the highest risks of burn injuries occur during the warmest times of the year. Over the next few weeks as more numbers of California families gather around backyard barbecues, those risks of burns simply amplify.
Before grilling season begins, go through your grill carefully, and make sure that it is functioning properly. Many gas grill fires are the result of malfunctioning equipment. Make sure that your grill is not involved in any recall lists - check the Consumer Product Safety Commission website to determine if your grill has been recalled recently for any defects.
Make sure that children are playing far away from the grill. Place the grill in an area that does not have a lot of traffic. Position the grill far away from inflammable objects, like low hanging branches, which can catch fire quickly. Place the grill away from walls and fences. Never leave the grill unattended. Grilling should always be done in the open, and never in a garage, or porch.
Avoid drinking alcohol near the grill. Make sure that you have a fire extinguisher easily available. When an accident does occur, check whether the burn requires medical attention. A minor burn injury like a first degree burn injury may not require medical treatment. However, anything more serious should be referred to the nearest emergency department. For a minor burn, cool the area. You can do this by placing the skin under cool, running water for a few minutes. Use an antibacterial ointment. Take a painkiller if the pain is severe, and keep the burn covered with a bandage to keep it clean and dry.
Burn injuries can lead to long-term scarring and disfigurement. If your injury was caused by someone's negligence, you may have grounds for compensation. Speak to a San Jose personal injury lawyer about your case.