For many, it is just not summer without the tantalizing aroma of something delicious sizzling on the grill. Though a grilled feast is one of the most savory elements of a happy summer, grilling also has the potential for causing serious injury.
Between 2011 and 2015, there was an annual average of 9,600 home fires that involved grills, hibachis, or barbecues. Between 2012 and 2016, an average of 16,600 patients visited emergency rooms each year because of injuries that involved grills. About half of those injuries were thermal burns, with children under five accounting for a large number of those injuries.
Your summer can remain more carefree by keeping safety in mind. The following are a few tips for grill safety:
- Make charcoal chimney starters your first choice for starting a fire – they use newspaper as fuel.
- If you do use starter fluid, choose only the variety intended for charcoal grills. Do not add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid directly to your fire.
- When grilling is complete, allow coals to cool thoroughly before disposing in a metal trash container.
- Never use a charcoal grill inside a home, tent, or camper – even with ventilation. Charcoal produces carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas that accumulates to toxic levels in closed spaces.
- Make sure your grill is placed on a stable surface. A tipped grill can cause severe injuries and fires.
- Before you start up the grill, check hoses for holes, leaks, cracking, and brittleness. Also check tubes for blockage caused by insects or food grease.
- Replace scratched or nicked connectors to prevent gas leaks. Also follow manufacturer’s instructions to check for other gas leaks.
- Never store or use flammable liquids, lit cigarettes, or matches near your grill.
- Never repair a tank valve yourself. Always use an LP gas dealer.
- Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house and other buildings; and never use under any surface that can catch fire.
- Keep a fire extinguisher near your grilling area.
- Make sure your grill is clean each time you use it – accumulated grease can cause a fire.
- Never leave a grill unattended.
- Keep a first-aid kit nearby in case of minor burns.
If you have been injured because of someone’s negligence or wrongdoing, contact the New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP. Call 732-384-1331 today or contact us online to arrange a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable and seasoned personal injury attorneys. Our offices are conveniently located in Toms River, Edison, and Red Bank, and serve clients throughout the state of New Jersey.