Nothing feels more like summer than a family cookout with burgers and hot dogs. However, a grilling accident can turn a fun afternoon into a terrifying experience.
The U.S. Fire Administration reports that every year, an average of 6,500 residential grill fires result in nearly $27 million in property loss, 150 civilian personal injuries, and about 5 deaths. Mechanical malfunction is by far the leading ignition factor for grill fires, but lack of grill supervision or intoxication can lead to accidents as well.
Grill accidents don’t always mean a huge explosion; flames that get out-of-control can harm the grill operator, close-by children, or pets. Remember to use long-handled tools, tuck in loose clothing, and keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
Check out these tips from the National Fire Protection Association for safe grilling:
- Make sure your grill is set well away from your home, deck railings, and overhanging branches
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease and fat build-up
- Never leave your grill unattended
- Using starter fluid is ok but once the fire is going, never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid to a fire
- If you’re using a propane grill, check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. You can apply a light soap and water solution to the hose and a leak will release bubbles
- If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move your grill.
Our law firm handles personal injury cases every day where accidents are caused due to the negligence of someone else. If you or a loved one has been injured and need help recovering for the damages caused due to the negligence of someone else, please contact one of our attorneys today for a free and confidential consultation. 205-324-1212