As the weather gets warmer and people begin spending more time outdoors, many will fire up the backyard grill to enjoy their favorite barbecue foods. Following a few important safety tips when it comes to grilling can ensure that you avoid severe injuries that can happen in an instant. According to ABC News, approximately 7,000 people suffer burn injuries each year as a result of grilling accidents.
Here are some of the steps you can take to ensure that you and your family are safe while enjoying your summertime barbecues:
- Never light your grill when the lid is closed. Dangerous levels of propane gas can build up quickly and cause an explosion when ignited.
- Always check for gas leaks before using your propane grill. If bubbles escape from the connecting hose when you open the gas line, turn the gas off immediately and have your grill serviced by a professional.
- Keep your grill a safe distance from your house, siding, decorations, deck rails, and trees to avoid fires that can quickly spread from high heat and escaping embers.
- Keep a container of water and a fire extinguisher in close proximity to your grill to stop flare ups before they become a danger.
- Avoid putting too many high fat meats on the grill at one time. The grease from the meat can ignite and send flames soaring out of control.
- Be sure to clean your grill regularly and empty grease containers to avoid combustion.
- Wear clothing that is appropriate for grilling. Long sleeves, fringe, and apron strings can ignite when they get too close to the flame.
- Use long-handled utensils to avoid coming too close to the fire and excessive heat.
- When using a charcoal grill, be sure to start your fire safely and never add charcoal or lighter fluid to an existing flame.
- Keep children and pets away from a hot grill while cooking and while the grill or charcoals are cooling.
- Never use a grill indoors. Always grill in an open and well ventilated area.
Following these safety tips can lessen your risk of sustaining burn injuries. Fires can get out of control quickly, and even minor burns pose serious health risks. It is important for homeowners to make sure that they are grilling responsibly, as premises liability laws may make them responsible should an injury occur on their property. By putting safety first, you and your family can enjoy a summer time of delicious barbeques.
Harrisburg Personal Injury Lawyers at Moyles Law Help Victims of Burn Injuries
If you or someone you know has suffered burn injuries as a result of a backyard grilling accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The knowledgeable and dedicated team of Harrisburg personal injury lawyers at Moyles Law are committed to helping victims of burn injuries receive the compensation they may be entitled to under the law.
Call us at 717-233-5400, or 412-281-1055 or contact us online to schedule a consultation today in either our Harrisburg area offices or at our Pittsburgh location.