Longer daylight and warmer temperatures make summertime the perfect season to fire up the grill. Backyard barbeques are a traditional part of summer holidays and get-togethers with loved ones and friends.
Although grills provide delicious meals, they also are the most common cause of home fires and burn injuries. According to the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association, grill fires account for approximately 10,200 residential fires each year between 2013 and 2017, resulting in $123 million in property damage, 160 injuries, and ten deaths annually.
Gas-fueled grills are responsible for nearly 80 percent of all residential grill fires in the United States. July is the peak month for grill fires, followed by June, May, and August.
To prevent injury from a BBQ accident, here are several safety tips to follow:
- Perform a safety check – If your grill hasn’t been used since the previous summer, you should check to see if everything is in safe and working order. Keep an eye out for any hose or fitting leaks, damaged seals, or blocked burners. In addition, clean your grill to remove excess fat or grease build-up.
- Position your grill in a safe location – Only barbeque outdoors, rather than indoors, under overhangs, or on balconies. The grill itself must be on an even surface and at least three feet away from any property. Ensure that there isn’t anything around the grill that’s flammable.
- Wear the proper attire and use the proper equipment – Avoid wearing any loose clothing that could catch fire if you hand or arm is directly over the grill. If you’re wearing one, ensure it is tied and not hanging loose. Use grilling utensils with long handles and even invest in a grill mat to place under your grill to catch hot grease or burning charcoal.
- Never leave your grill unattended – Always pay attention to the grill and your surroundings, especially when there are children playing or heavy foot traffic in the area.
If you suffered an injury in a barbeque accident in Pasadena, contact Tedford & Associates today at (626) 325-0142 and request a free case review.