Summer is here! It’s most Floridians’ favorite season of the
year for sun, fun, and of course, outdoor grilling. Perhaps not surprisingly,
it’s also the season for outdoor grill fires, explosions, and other hazards.
According to numbers released by the U.S. Fire Administration, about 5,700
grill fires take place on residential property each year, causing over
100 injuries, and at least 10 deaths. July is the peak month for outdoor
grill disasters. Outdoor grill accidents are commonly caused by malfunctioning
gas or liquid propane grills.
I’m not here to alarm you – the fact is that most gas grills
are generally safe, as long as they are properly maintained. With a few
basic safety tips and precautions, you can greatly reduce the risk you
or a family member or a guest will be injured by a gas grill accident.
The first and most important thing you want to do is periodically check
for leaks in the gas line. Gas leaks account for the overwhelming majority
of fires and explosions, but thankfully, they can be easily detected and
fixed. All you’ll need to do is rub a combination of water and dish
soap on the connections and the gas line, and look for any bubbles. If
you see bubbles, it’s time to replace that part.
Here are some additional tips and precautions you can take this summer
to avoid unfortunate and preventable gas or grill-related injuries:
- Always operate the grill on a level surface, at a safe distance away from
your house, garage, and landscaping.
- Clean your grill regularly. Allowing grease and fat to build up can cause
flare ups, which can ignite any flammable substance or materials that
may be in the vicinity.
- Never turn on the gas with the grill lid closed; instead, leave the lid
open, and light the grill as soon as you turn it on. Neglecting to follow
these precautions can cause gas to build up, which could ignite into a
dangerous fireball or explosion.
- Keep children and pets away from any lit grill.
- Wear oven mitts and a heavy apron while grilling.
- Do not overload your grill with food. This can cause excessive fat run-off
from the meat, which could ignite into flare-ups.
- Never grill indoors or in enclosed areas, and that is true for gas or charcoal
grills. Burning charcoal produces carbon monoxide, which can be toxic
in close quarters.
- Keep a water spray bottle and fire extinguisher nearby while grilling.
- Never cover or store the grill until it has fully cooled down.
- Never under any circumstances leave a burning grill unattended. You could
burn your food! Just kidding.
Despite your vigilantly following each of these tips and precautions, a
fire or explosion from your gas grill always has the potential to occur,
and the risk of injury or death is omnipresent. That’s because like
anything mechanical, the parts and equipment that make up the grill may
fail or malfunction due to wear or poor design or manufacturing.
If an accident were to occur, it’s important to seek immediate medical
attention, followed by the hiring of an experienced and competent
personal injury lawyer. Always save any and all components of a grill that either caught fire
or exploded, so that the law firm you hire can have it forensically investigated
to determine the cause of the accident. Grilling is a wonderful way to
spend the summer outdoors, and by following some reasonable and simple
safety precautions, it will likely be enjoyed without incident.
If you or someone you know was injured or killed from a outdoor grilling
accident, please consider calling the lawyers at the Law Offices of Craig
Goldenfarb at 561-600-5605 today. We may be able to help you recover compensation
for an accident that was not your fault.