Barbequing is a favorite summer pastime for many people. While gathering with friends and family for a summertime barbeque or cookout can be an enjoyable event that creates lasting memories, it can be easy to forget about grilling safety. In fact, according to statistics provided by the National Fire Protection Association, 19,000 individuals per year sought treatment in emergency rooms for grilling related injuries between 2013 and 2017. Many of these injuries, including fire and contact burns, may have been prevented by exercising additional precautions.
Depending on the type of grill you have, different safety measures should be taken to avoid barbeque and grilling accidents. Common types of grills include charcoal grills, gas grills, electric grills, and portable grills. Each type of grill has its own pros and cons, and it is best to do your research before purchasing one to assess which type will best suit your needs. Nevertheless, no matter which type of grill you use, it is important to read the manufacturer’s manual so you are informed as to how to assemble and properly use the grill to avoid accidents.
Types of Injuries
There are many types of injuries that can arise from not using a grill properly, or failing to adhere to basic safety protocol when barbequing. In addition to damage to the home and other property, failing to take precautions when operating gas, charcoal, and other types of grills can result in severe bodily harm including thermal burns; first, second, and third-degree burns; carbon monoxide poisoning; blisters; and eye injuries.
Depending on the type of injury or severity of the burn, the injured party may need to seek immediate emergency treatment. In the most extreme cases, burn and other types of barbeque related injuries can be fatal.
Safety Tips to Avoid Injury
In order to ensure a safe and happy summer, it is a good idea to institute safety measures every time you grill, or prepare to grill. Some basic safety tips include:
Do not operate the grill in close proximity to the home
Ensure that children and pets stay at a safe distance from the grill
Make sure the grill is properly maintained and cleaned
Call the fire department immediately if smoke or fire issues arise
Do not leave the grill unattended
Make sure to only use cooking equipment that is appropriate for the grill
Use BBQ mitts and grilling gloves to protect from burns
If you have been injured by a grill or barbeque accident due to the negligence of another, that party may be held responsible. You may be entitled to recover medical expenses, as well as damages for pain and suffering for your injuries, if the person grilling acted negligently or recklessly.
Sometimes, despite all the precautions that may be taken, accidents can happen that you could not possibly have prevented. For example, injuries can be caused by a product defect in the grill. There have been numerous recalls of grills over the past decade by the Consumer Product Safety Commission for many types of issues such as missing or faulty equipment. Such defects in products can cause explosions, melting, overheating, gas leaks, over-smoking, and major fires. These types of occurrences can result in serious injury or even death to those who operate the grill, or are in close proximity to it.
Before barbequing season begins, it is a good idea to ensure that the grill you use was not a model that was recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
If you have suffered injuries as a result of grilling or grill use, it is important to seek medical treatment immediately. In addition, depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to monetary recovery. In the event of a barbeque accident, it is best to speak with a personal injury attorney who can advise you concerning your legal rights and remedies.
The Law Office of Jessica M. Semins is available to handle personal injury matters, including grilling and barbequing accidents throughout New York City including Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island; Westchester County; and Long Island’s Nassau and Suffolk counties. To schedule a consultation concerning your personal injury matter, call today at (646) 397-6844. Consultations are by appointment only and can be scheduled at office locations in Manhattan or Melville, Long Island.
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