Stay Safe While Grilling This Summer
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Jun 10, 2015 in Personal Injury
With summer finally here, people are heading outside and lighting up their grills, enjoying the experience of cooking in the great outdoors. Grilling does pose some dangers, though. According to NFPA, an average of 8,800 home fires were caused by grilling and 16,900 patients went to emergency rooms with grill-related injuries in 2012. When cooking with fire, there is always the chance of injury or setting a fire. Grilling in the summer can be fun, as long as you follow some simple tips to reduce the risk of fire.
- Grills should only be used outdoors and placed well-away from structures and deck railings.
- Do not use the grill when you are tired or under the influence of alcohol.
- For propane grills, the gas tank hose should be checked for leaks before using it for the first time each year.
- Make sure the grill lid is open before igniting.
- Keep the grill clean by removing grease and fat from the grates and trays below.
- If the flames go out during grilling, turn off the grill and wait 15 minutes before re-lighting
- If using lighter fluid for charcoal, only use fluid for charcoal, never combine flammable liquids.
- When finished grilling with charcoal, wait for the coals to cool completely before disposing in a metal container with a lid.
There are times, however, when even though you follow all of the rules, accidents still happen. If you do have an accident while you or someone you know is grilling, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney can help you determine what recourse you have and help you and your family receive the compensation you deserve.