GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan. According to the American Burn Association, in 2016 alone 486,000 people received medical treatment for burn injuries. While burn injuries can occur at all times of the year, summer activities may increase your risk of getting burned. Fireworks, barbeques, and pools are among the top three summer culprits, leading to burn injuries.
Sparklers, for instance, according to Care2 can reach temperatures up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. This is incredibly hot. Water boils at only 212 degrees, and glass melts at 900 degrees Fahrenheit. If you plan to play with fireworks, make sure to take safety precautions. Have water or a fire extinguisher on hand, light fireworks carefully, and supervise children using fireworks. Finally, it is important to remember that all fireworks are dangerous, even legal ones. Always handle them with care and read all instructions before lighting them.
Barbeques are also the leading summer cause of burns, with approximately 6,000 people burning themselves on a gas or charcoal grill each year. Never use a barbeque indoors and be careful about using a grill inside a carport or deck. Ensure for proper ventilation before cooking. Cooking inside can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is invisible and odorless, making it particularly dangerous. Make sure to clean the grill after each use, as residue can lead to fires later. Finally, avoid drinking and grilling.
Another cause of burns can be chlorine or pool cleaning supplies. Over-chlorinated pools can lead to irritation and more serious symptoms, particularly in children. Pool chemicals should also always be stored away from children or locked. Public pools or hotels should make sure that pools are properly PH balanced and that chemicals are out of reach of the public. Know the signs of chlorine overexposure. Watch your children for signs of irritation or for a cough that develops after swimming. Finally, understand your rights. If your children were harmed after swimming in a public pool or hotel swimming pool, you may be entitled to receive a recovery for the cost of medical care and other damages. Contact Christopher Trainor & Associates in Grand Rapids Michigan.
Pool owners have a responsibility to properly maintain their pools and to ensure child safety around the pool. Pools should be properly fenced, cleaned, and warnings should be posted. Surfaces should be designed to prevent slip and falls. Many pools at hotels or resorts do not hire life guards. For this reason, it is important to take precautions, watch children, and know how to swim before you jump in.
The summer months are a great time to enjoy the outdoors, light some fireworks, go for a swim, or light up the grill, but it is important to be aware of the risks before you play with fire. Property owners have a responsibility to secure their pools, grills, and other hazards so that children and other individuals are protected. If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury due to another person’s negligence or neglect, you may be entitled to receive a recovery for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact Christopher Trainor & Associates—personal injury lawyers in Grand Rapids, Michigan, today.