BBQ IQ: Grilling Safety 101

Summertime grilling is enjoyed by many. The sunshine pairs well with the charred aroma, and when the grill comes out it usually means family get togethers and parties.

While everyone loves a good cookout, as with anything fun, it can also be dangerous. This is usually because everyone’s too busy having fun to be careful. Regardless of whether you are tailgating or just hanging out in the back yard, the following are some tips to keep you safe while grilling out this summer:

  • Never Grill Inside. Unless you are using a George Foreman indoor/outdoor grill, you should always be outside when grilling, preferably a safe distance from the house. Aside from the obvious fire hazards, smoke inhalation is the number one cause of fire-related death.
  • 4540006521_19bf4a3ac7_zDo Not Wear Flammable Clothing. While this sounds simple enough to follow, you may actually have flammable chemicals on you and not know. Stay away from a lit grill if you have just applied sunscreen, or if you may have gotten some gas on your clothes.
  • Never Underestimate the Power of Propane. Most people agree that gas grilles are easier to operate than charcoal grilles, but the reality is that gas grilles are very dangerous. Always be extra careful when igniting or reigniting the grill, as high levels of propane can be released or even leaked propane can flare up, causing severe burns.
  • Be Aware of  Grill Brush Bristles. Never swallow these brush bristles. While this may seem obvious, these bristles can deteriorate over time and become loose, get stuck in food, and consequently become lodged into your esophagus. On a side note, grill brushes are great for maintaining your grill, but just make sure you maintain your brush as well.

Remember, all the safety warnings in the world cannot prevent every grilling accident, so if you or a loved one has been injured or harmed in a grilling mishap, an injury lawyer can help you understand if you may have a claim. For a free consultation, please call a Hernando County Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton at 352-666-2121 or contact us online. We can help you explore any and all legal options.

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