It’s no secret: summer is Rob Pratt’s favorite season. He loves nothing more than to get out in the sun, horse around with his kids at the beach or the lake, and then top the day off with a good old-fashioned American barbecue. Burgers, brats, hot dogs — if it’s made of meat and you can grill it, he’s all for it.

But just because he’s an avid griller doesn’t mean he’s a safe one. Rob was a bit on the wild side in his youth — don’t tell his kids! — and it comes out in his haphazard approach to grilling etiquette. Put simply: Rob tends to set things on fire.

Over the years, Rob has learned a few tricks for dealing with smoke inhalation and burns. He knows that burns come in four degrees: 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. For anything but a 1st degree burn, the first thing he’d tell you to do is to get help, fast. Injuries caused by fire are very dangerous, and it’s best to get them treated by a professional as quickly as possible. (You can either call emergency services or, if your condition is less severe, head to your local FastMed for help.)

Fire Safety FastMed

Smoke Inhalation and Burn Treatment 

See a doctor for smoke inhalation if you experience: 

  • A hoarse voice
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Extended coughing spells
  • Mental confusion

See a doctor for burns if you experience:

  • Very painful burns
  • Moist-looking burns with blisters (2nd degree)
  • Burns that expose stiff, waxy white, or leathery looking skin (3rd degree)
  • Burns that feel numb — nerves may be damaged (3rd degree)

Call emergency services immediately if you experience:

  • A burn that chars, blackens, or severely damages skin (4th degree)