With school out, many Chicago families are celebrating the long summer days with barbecues. A popular grilling event during the summer is Father’s Day, with men all over the country celebrating by barbecuing their favorite meats. Before you light that barbecue, make sure you know how to stay safe.
In the United States, grills account for 120 injuries and 15 deaths every year. If you or a loved one was injured or killed by a BBQ, it’s important to determine liability. Call our Chicago personal injury attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900 to protect your legal rights.
Common Grilling Injuries
Stay out of the hospital this summer by avoiding these injuries:
- Flash burns. These are often caused when a person uses gasoline to speed up the heating process. The flames flare up in the person’s face once the briquettes are lit.
- Corneal burns. These occur when a person is too close to the grill. The symptoms are light sensitivity and a sensation that resembles sand in the eyes.
- Skewer stuck in the hand. Skewers are sharp and if you’re not careful, they can poke into your hand. Don’t try to remove a stuck skewer on your own. Keep it stabilized and head to the hospital immediately before the situation gets worse.
Safety Tips for Grilling
Before you light that flame, follow these precautions:
- Read the instructions. Not all grills are created equally, and some operate differently, especially gas grills. Read the owner’s manual first.
- Never barbecue indoors. Barbecues and grills are made for outdoor use only. Using one in an enclosed area can lead to smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Place the grill on level ground. A BBQ on a hill can become unstable and tip over, causing a fire.
- Keep the BBQ away from others. Set up the grill in an area with little foot traffic and away from games and other activities.
- Check for leaks. If using a gas grill, use soap and water to check the hoses for leaks.
- Use lighter fluid only. Gasoline and kerosene can explode. Use lighter fluid only, and avoid adding more once the coals are hot.
- Don’t move a hot grill. Make sure the grill is in the correct place before lighting it. Once it gets hot, you won’t be able to move it without getting burned.
- Allow coals and ashes to cool. Wait at least 48 hours before removing the coals and ashes and disposing of them.
- Be prepared. Keep a fire extinguisher or hose handy to put out any fires.
Injured by a Grilling Accident?
While most barbecues are safe and fun events, sometimes accidents happen. Barbecues involve the use of fire, which can cause burns and other serious injuries.
If you suffered injuries due to negligent barbecue use, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. Grill defects do happen from time to time, and these involve a product liability claim.
Seek legal help from our Chicago attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. We can assess your case and determine your rights to compensation. Schedule a consultation today by calling (312) 236-2900.