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Barbecue Accidents and Safety Tips

Summertime often brings out the inner grill master when backyard cookouts welcome family and friends for good food and drink. Nevertheless, cooking on the grill can lead to unexpected barbecue accidents that put people at risk during what should be a time for R&R. This is why knowing and practicing these barbecue safety tips are imperative.

If either you or a loved one has been hurt in a barbecue accident through no fault of your own, then contact The Krist Law Firm, P.C. Our years of experience in helping clients mean that we can help you seek the compensation you deserve for your physical and emotional suffering. We are Houston personal injury lawyers who put our clients first, so call us at (281) 283-8500 to learn how we can help.

BBQ Facts and Figures

Even though grills serve up some delicious meals, they are often the cause of home fires and serious burns. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that U.S. fire departments responded to nearly 9,000 home fires involving grills, hibachis, and barbecues each year from 2009 to 2013. Even more devastating, these fires resulted in about 10 deaths per year as well as some 160 injuries and $118 million in property damage.

Most of the home fires involved gas grills, which accounted for five out of every six (83 percent) of these accidents. Liquefied petroleum gas – also referred to as either LP gas or propane – was the fuel source for three in four (74 percent) of the home fires over the reported period. Still damaging but to a lesser extent, grills fueled by either charcoal or another substance were involved in just 13 percent of home fires. And while it may not be what you think would lead to such a calamity, failure to clean the grill was a leading cause of fire as were positioning it near something that could catch fire and leaving it unattended. In addition, unclassified grill fires were often attributable to leaks and breaks in gas grills.

BBQ Safety Tips

You can and should still enjoy a backyard barbecue whenever you can, but it is important to be cautious to prevent unnecessary problems. While these safety tips might seem like common sense, they can be the difference between what should be a day of fun and what could be a calamitous cookout.

  • Location, location, location. Make certain not to place your grill near anything that could easily catch fire, including trees and branches.
  • Cleanliness counts. Do not allow fat and grease to build up in the tray below the grill because they may become ignited.
  • No fun and games. Be sure your grill is nowhere near play areas and heavy foot traffic that could cause it to topple.
  • Watch yourself. Keep your arms and hands safe from flames by using long-handled grilling tools.
  • Out, not in. Only use propane and charcoal grills outside and never indoors to avoid both fire and the chance of inhaling toxic gases.

Moreover, only use proper starter fluid when cooking with charcoal and never add it once you have already ignited the coals. In addition, check your propane grill for breaks and leaks at the start of the season and contact your fire department if you cannot stop the leak. Also, never store you propane cylinders inside buildings and garages.

How The Krist Law Firm, P.C. Can Help

The Krist Law Firm, P.C. knows that what should be barbecue fun can take a turn for the worse, so we advise you to follow the tips above to prevent unwanted complications. If you do find yourself contending with the aftermath of a barbeque accident, then contact our Houston personal injury attorneys at (281) 283-8500 to schedule a free consultation. We provide skilled guidance and counsel that put our clients at ease knowing they are in excellent hands, so let us help you.