Summertime means longer days and more time outdoors to spend with family and friends. It is also BBQ season, which means more homeowners will be firing up their gas, propane, and charcoal grills. Unfortunately, grilling season is also one of the busiest seasons for injury. From burns to smoke inhalation, grills pose a safety hazard to homeowners and their guests. Whether you are a host or attending someone else’s BBQ, you can still enjoy this American tradition while taking steps to avoid serious injuries.
Tips for a Safe BBQ
- Know the Grill – Not all grills are the same. It is important to read the owner’s’ manual and follow all safety guidelines before using the grill. If using someone else’s grill, ask how to properly operate it before firing it up. Also, always inspect a grill’s components before using it, especially if it has sat unused for several months.
- Keep Children and Pets Away – Children and pets should never be near a grill. All it takes is a split second for a child or pet to receive a third-degree burn. If children are playing outside while the grill is on, designate a play area and have an adult supervising to ensure children do not get close to the grill.
- Control Grease – Grease is a common cause for grill flare-ups and fires. As grease builds up from fat drippings, it can quickly catch fire. A flare-up is a normal part of grilling, but the person operating the grill should have a bottle of water nearby to tame any flames. Cleaning the grease catch pan regularly and using leaner cuts of meat can cut back on grease build-up.
- Grill in a Safe Location – Grills should be used outdoors in well-ventilated areas. The grill should be moved away from trees, houses, garages, and any flammable objects.
- Inspect Propane Tanks and Lines – Propane tanks and lines can become clogged, so it is important to inspect the tank and hose line before each use to ensure the gas is flowing properly.
- Light Charcoal Responsibly – Charcoal grills require starter fluid, but only use the proper type and amount (which is indicated in the owners manual). Store lighter fluid away from children and heat sources and never use starter fluid after coals have already been ignited.
Anyone using a BBQ grill should be on the lookout for safety hazards at all time. Injuries often occur because grill owners become comfortable with their grill and stop looking out for potential hazards. Nevertheless, burn injuries from improper grill use or safety procedures can lead to devastating, long-term injuries. For children, burns can be debilitating and traumatizing, even having lifelong effects. By following proper safety rules, grill owners and BBQ attendees can prevent this type of injury, enjoying their cookouts with peace of mind.
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Burn injuries, whether caused by a negligent individual or a defective product, often lead to permanent disfigurement. If you or a loved one has suffered from a burn, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the attorneys at Malman Law today for a free case evaluation. We can assess the details of your case and help you explore your legal options. Call us at 888-625-6265 or fill out an online contact form to schedule your appointment.