Few people think of a backyard picnic or barbecue as a dangerous event, but approximately 7,000 people each year suffer burn injuries as a result of grilling accidents. Burns can result in infection and life-threatening complications. You can easily prevent personal injuries from grilling this summer by following a few basic safety precautions.
The number one safety tip is to never use a grill indoors. Charcoal and propane grills are made to be used outside in well ventilated areas, with a safe distance between the grill and surrounding trees, siding on the house, deck rails, and decorations. Flames, high heat, and embers that escape from a grill can melt or ignite these areas. You should always keep a container of water and a fire extinguisher close to the grilling area to stop a fire from becoming out of control.
Be sure to wear appropriate clothing when grilling. Flammable clothing like long sleeves, fringe, and aprons can ignite when they come into contact with a flame, causing severe burn injuries. You should also keep children and pets away from the area where the grill is in use. Oftentimes, curious kids and pets can stray too close to a fire or hot grill, so it is imperative that you never leave your grill unattended.
Proper maintenance and regular cleaning are also essential for grill safety. Old food or fat stores on grates and in grease pans can ignite, causing an intense fire. Inspect your grill before using it, and check for propane leaks. If you see bubbles surrounding the connection point between the propane tank and the grill, this indicates that the gas is leaking. If this occurs, turn off the gas immediately and have your grill serviced by a professional. If your grill becomes hard to start, or if temperature controls are not working effectively, it is important to have a professional inspect your grill.
Following these safety tips can help you and your family avoid the devastating burn injuries that can occur from backyard grilling accidents.
A burn injury is a serious event. Burns often become infected and can cause life threatening complications. If you or someone you know has suffered a burn injury due to another’s negligence, the experienced and dedicated Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP can help you claim the justice and compensation you deserve.
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