Summer brings with it a lot of fun, outdoor activities. But with outdoor fun comes the risk of several different types of injuries, including burn injuries. When we think of summer burn injuries, sunburn might be the first thing that comes to mind. However, there are many other things that could heighten the risk of burn injuries during the warmer months. It is good to be aware of these risks so you can help prevent them. Burn injuries can be painful and costly to treat.
Why Are Barbecuing Grills Dangerous?
Whether you’re using gas or charcoal grills, your grill increases the risk for a fire and potential burns. Gas grills have been linked to far more fires, about 7,100 a year compared with 1,200 for charcoal, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). However, burn injuries can occur while using any type of grill. For example, children suffer burn injuries when people take the lid off and leave it unattended. Also, many don’t make sure the charcoals are properly put out after grilling. When you are grilling with children, supervision is key.
Playground Burn Injuries
Children could suffer painful thermal burn injuries on hot playground equipment. The weather doesn’t have to be hot for plastic and rubber slides and other equipment to get hot enough to cause burn injuries. Some playground equipment that could get hot include metal equipment, slides or swings the child may sit on, dark-colored plastics and rubbers, and asphalt and concrete surfaces near playgrounds. There are ways to prevent these types of injuries. Always be aware of the sun and weather conditions. Don’t assume the equipment is safe because the temperature is not very high. Check the temperature of the equipment and surfacing before letting children play. A young child’s skin will burn a lot faster than an adult’s skin. Dress your child in appropriate clothes. Always supervise your children.
If your child has been injured on the playground, seek medical attention right away. Call the park’s owner or operator, the city parks and recreation department or school system and notify them of the injury. You could also report the incident to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission or go their website saferproducts.gov. If you know who the manufacturer of the playground equipment is, call and report the incident to them.
Contact a Rhode Island Burn Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been injured due to a burn, it is important you make contact with an experienced Rhode Island burn injury lawyer right away. By contacting a knowledgeable Rhode Island burn injury lawyer, they will fight hard to protect your rights and help you obtain compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, cost of cosmetic surgery, permanent injuries and pain and suffering. Call a RI burn injury lawyer at 1-800-992-6878 for a no-cost consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.