Long daylight hours and Independence Day celebrations make July an ideal month for family cookouts. Everyone gathers around the deck or in the pool and it’s almost natural to have the smell of charcoal and sizzling barbecue in the air. Unfortunately, many of these perfect summer afternoons turn dangerous—or even deadly—due to outdoor grilling mishaps causing serious injuries.
Gas grills, charcoal grills, and even grilling tools have caused debilitating injuries such as:
- Burns and explosions. Thousands of people each year are taken to emergency rooms due to grilling-related accidents, most commonly suffering from serious burns. While any open flame has the potential to cause injury, there are many manufacturer defects that can make injuries more severe, such as weak or unsteady legs that cause a grill to topple over and spill hot coals onto nearby guests. Propane grills with leaks in their hoses can also cause a fire to spread quickly.
- Grill recalls. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued many gas grill recalls over the past decade due to safety risks from faulty burners and improper heat shielding. One of the most common injuries involves burns due to lighting a gas grill manually when the electric starter fails, igniting a cloud of gas that engulfs the grill. To make matters worse, many consumers are unaware that their grills have been recalled, leaving them to risk injury year after year.
- Faulty grilling accessories. Many grilling tools, aprons, platters, pans, and other accessories are sold to avid grillers and barbecue enthusiasts at the first hint of warm weather. However, many of these products are not thoroughly tested before hitting store shelves, leading to further injuries. One accessory that is well-known to cause problems are wire brushes used to clean the grill before each use. The bristles of some brushes may break off and become stuck to food items during cooking, causing internal injuries such as neck punctures, intestinal perforation, and difficulty swallowing.
Safety Guidelines That Can Decrease the Risk of Injuries at Your Barbecue
Party hosts can greatly reduce the risk of injuries by practicing proper safety techniques when using both propane and charcoal BBQ grills. Your grill should be placed outdoors on a non-flammable surface, several yards from your home, deck, and trees. Be sure to properly clean the grill and check for leaks in the propane tank and hoses before each use. Make sure your children and pets stay away from the grill area, and never leave your grill unattended.
If a faulty product caused a severe injury at your family barbecue, call Wayne Wright LLP today at 800-237-3334 to have us answer all of your legal questions in your free case evaluation. Remember: you will not pay us anything unless we win your case.