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Officials Encourage Fire Safety During Cookout Season

It might be hot outside, but that doesn’t stop many people from partaking in their favorite summer activities. One of the most popular summer activities is of course to barbecue and grilling outdoors. While most people enjoy making memories and great food during barbecues, many also expose themselves to risks and dangers when dealing with fire and grills outdoors. In several cases, serious burns and fire hazards have occurred and remain an ongoing concern this summer. More than 10,000 barbecue accidents happen in the United States each year. Now, officials are working to encourage and enforce increased fire safety efforts during cookouts.

Common Barbecue Dangers

According to the National Fire Protection Association, July is one of the most deadly months for grill fires, with 17% of fatal grill fire accidents occurring during the month. June follows with 14%, then May at 13%, and August with 12%. Fire hazards can occur due to a number of reasons; and, some of the most common include:

  • Faulty devices such as gas tanks, connectors and hoses, and gas regulators attached to a propane tank
  • Not cleaning the grill frequently enough
  • Using grills with leaks or breaks (particularly gas grills)
  • Using a grill on a balcony, enclosed porch, or wooden patio

Barbecue Safety Tips

In order to ensure the safety of your family and friends next time you host a barbecue, we encourage you to follow these safety tips:

  1. Always review your owner’s manual before using your grill.
  2. Thoroughly clean your grilling equipment before and after you use it.
  3. Never use a grill or smoker indoors or on a balcony.
  4. Always keep drip trays clean.
  5. Position your grill away from flammable materials, at least 10 feet away from exterior walls.
  6. Be extra cautious when grilling on a wood patio or deck.
  7. Make sure you have a functioning fire extinguisher nearby.

Barbecue Accident Help

If matters do take a turn for the worse while you’re at a barbecue party, it is important to stay calm, try to control the fire, and of course call firefighters immediately if someone is hurt or the fire grows.

While we hope your summer barbecues remain safe and fun, we realize that isn’t always the case. If you or a loved one has been injured due to fire negligence, we can help. Contact the attorneys at Liggett Law Group today for a free case evaluation.