Grilling might just be the official summer past time of Texas. Fire under hot dogs and burgers is welcome at a BBQ but fire anywhere else can make your family grill-out memorable for all the wrong reasons. And now that we are in peak grilling months, Liggett Law Group wants to remind you and your family to use safe grilling practices so no one gets hurt.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, gas grills constitute a higher risk, having been involved in an annual average of 7,200 home fires in 2007-2011, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in an annual average of 1,400 home fires. Combined, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8,800 home and outside fires. These 8,800 fires caused an annual average of 10 civilian deaths, 140 civilian injuries and $96 million in direct property damage.
Propane Grill Safety
Before using your propane tank for the first time each year, check the gas tank hose for leaks by applying a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
General Grill Safety
Common sense and planning will prevent injuries.
- Be prepared to extinguish flames.
Use baking soda to control a grease fire and have a fire extinguisher handy. A bucket of sand or a garden hose should be kept nearby if you don’t have a commercial extinguisher
- Dress appropriately.
Do not wear clothing that has hanging sleeves, fringe or apron strings that can catch fire. Use flame-retardant mitts when adjusting hot grates or vents.
- Keep fire under control.
When flare-ups occur raise the grate that the food is on, spread the coals out or lower the grill temperature.
- Keep grill stable.
Be sure that all parts of the grill are firmly in place and that the grill can’t be tipped over.
- Never leave a lit grill unattended.
- Only grill outside.
Never grill in your kitchen, tent, garage or other enclosed area because carbon monoxide could build up and kill you.
- Read the owner’s manual.
Always read the owner’s manual before using your grill and contact the manufacturer if you have specific questions.
- Stay away from hot grill.
Keep a perimeter of 3 feet around the grill for children to play outside. Don’t allow anyone to conduct activity near the grill when in use or immediately following its use. The grill body remains hot up to an hour after being used. Moving a hot or lit grill could result in it tipping over and cause serious burn injuries.
- Use in well-ventilated area.
Only grill in open areas away from buildings, awnings or other overhead flammable surfaces or dry leaves. Always barbecue in a well-ventilated area but be aware of the wind picking up embers and igniting a fire.
- Use utensils specifically for grilling.
Barbecue utensils have longer handles and are made of flame retardant materials to avoid burns and splatters. Use forks, tongs, etc. made specifically for grilling.
Barbecues and grill outs are a fun part of Texas summers. Following these grilling safety tips will help your family and loved ones stay safe and avoid burn injuries from a grill or fire damage to property. Fires and burn injuries are not only traumatic for the person, but for the family and community as well. The Lubbock injury lawyers at Liggett Law Group wish you and your family a safe and fun summer