By Jeffrey F. Gordon, Firm Partner
There’s just something about the smell of food on the grill that signals summertime barbecues and picnics.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, 7 out of 10 of adults in the U.S. have a grill or smoker, which means a lot of outdoor picnics. It also means an increase in potential fires.
Fire departments nationwide responded to an average of 111,421 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues per year from 2017-2021.
Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith has handled many BBQ grill fire cases and is currently in litigation on a case involving a BBQ grill that exploded, causing serious burns to the homeowner and her guest.
With July being the peak month for grilling and grill fires, we encourage you to follow these safety tips and recommendations to prevent fires and injuries.
Grilling Safety Tips:
- Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
- The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- Always make sure your grill is open before lighting it.
- Have a fire extinguisher nearby and ensure you know how to use it.
- After you finish grilling, turn off the burners or gas supply and close the grill’s lid.
- Wear appropriate clothing while grilling. Avoid loose-fitting clothes or hanging sleeves that may accidentally come into contact with the grill’s flames.
Grilling injuries can have severe consequences. Preventing injuries is always our goal but if you or a loved one have been injured in a grilling incident, the experienced attorneys of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith are here to provide guidance and support. Call 1-877-LAW-LLLS to speak with one of our attorneys today.