Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers: Safety Tips for Summertime Grilling

It is that time of year again when people fire up their grill, throw on some burgers and hotdogs, crack open a cold beverage, and enjoy the lazy days of summer. While nothing beats the smoky flavor you get from grilling your food, there are always risks involved when cooking with fire and high heat. But if you use common sense and follow some simple safety tips, you can avoid a burn injury.

For some, grilling is a year-round activity, but for most people, the peak grilling months are May through August. As more people use their grills, the risk of personal injury increases. In 2014 alone, 16,600 people required medical attention at emergency rooms as a result of a grill accident.

“Dos and Don’ts” of Outdoor Grilling

To avoid a grilling accident, do:

  • Read the owner’s manual before using a new grill. This will provide information on how to properly assemble and use your grill, as well as offer important safety information.
  • Keep the grill a safe distance away from the house. The grill should be a minimum of 10 feet away from the house. Never use a grill in the garage, in an enclosed porch, or under a wooden overhang as the fire could flare and cause the house to catch on fire.
  • Make sure the grill is stable. All four legs should rest firmly on the ground or else the grill could tip over, causing serious burn injuries or fires.
  • Clean the grill on a regular basis. When grease and fat build up on the grates, it can cause dangerous flare-ups.
  • Check hoses for gas leaks. You can do this by mixing up a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and pour it onto the hoses and the connections. When you turn on the gas, you know you have a leak if you see bubbles coming from the holes or the loose connection.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher near the grill at all times. Make sure to learn how to properly use the fire extinguisher so that you can act fast in case of a grill fire.
  • For minor flare-ups, keep a spray bottle of water handy. This will help calm a minor flare-up without ruining your food.
  • Keep small children away from grills. Grills can remain hot for up to an hour after use, so never let children near the grill as they can easily become seriously burned if they touch even one that is not being used.

To ensure no one suffers a burn injury, don’t:

  • Turn the gas on with the lid closed. This can be extremely dangerous, as the gas will build up inside the grill, causing a fireball to explode if you light it up.
  • Walk away from a grill, leaving it unattended. Prepare all food ahead of time so that you do not need to do it when the grill is on. A grill fire can double in size every minute, so never leave the grill unsupervised.
  • Put too much food on the grill at one time. Fatty meats in particular can cause major flare-ups from the fat dripping onto the flames.

Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Grill-Related Accidents

Grill accidents can happen when you least expect it, resulting in serious burns and devastating house fires. If you have been seriously injured in an accident involving a grill and believe it was due to the negligence of another, contact Maryland personal injury lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Our experienced team will thoroughly review your case and pursue the maximum financial compensation for your injuries. For a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online. 

Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie and Towson, allowing us to represent injured accident victims and their families throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood and Elkridge.