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Grilling this Fourth of July? Arizona Burn Center has some safety reminders

Published: Monday, July 3, 2023 - 7:14am
Updated: Monday, July 3, 2023 - 8:35am

If you’re grilling burgers or hot dogs this Fourth of July, the Arizona Burn Center — Valleywise Health recommends using common sense to avoid injuries around the barbecue.

Arizona Burn Center director Dr. Kevin Foster said he frequently treats patients who are burned by propane- or coal-powered grills. 

“Don’t pour water directly on the coals. That can cause steam which can cause a really bad scald," Foster said. "If, by chance, something catches on fire and you need to control the fire, baking powder works really well.” 

Foster also said he sees a lot of children who get injured by touching hot grills. When using the barbecue, he recommends keeping the kids inside or at a safe distance. 

"Don't have kids around," Foster said. "You never know when they're going to walk up and touch something and all it takes is just a fraction of a second touching a hot surface and you end up with a bad burn." 

More tips from the American Red Cross

  • Never grill indoors. Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire.
  • Always supervise a grill when in use.
  • Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
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