Posted on June 26, 2016 in Personal Injury
As we get ready for the summer holidays, many in our area will be uncovering their grills and spending time outdoors with friends and family. While we’re enjoying cooking up some of our favorite dishes, it’s important to be mindful of grill safety. New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP want everyone to have a happy and safe summer and to remember the following tips.
Perhaps the most important of all safety rules is that grills should only be used outside in an open area, away from any hanging branches, dry leaves, decorations, or deck railings that could catch on fire. Grills should always be operated and constantly attended to by a responsible adult; children and pets should be kept away from the grill, as many smaller grills can topple over if hit. Cleaning the grill regularly is important, as grease or fat buildup can cause flames to get out of control.
SAFETY FOR PROPANE AND CHARCOAL GRILLS
Before firing up the grill this season, check the connections between the propane tank, regulator, cylinders, burners, and the tank itself for any potential gas leaks. This can be done by rubbing a solution of half dish soap and half water on the hose and tank, and then turning the gas on. If large soap bubbles form, that means that air is somehow getting into the system which could allow gas to leak. The gas should never be turned on while the grill is closed, as it can build up and explode when the grill is lit. If grilling with charcoal, only charcoal lighter fluid should be used, and coals should be allowed to cool before disposing of them in a proper metal container.
Grill operators should always wear appropriate clothing and use long utensils to avoid getting too close to the flames. In order to ensure that it is on a stable surface, the grill should not be moved after it is lit. If the fire does get out of control, it is important to have a fire extinguisher or spray bottle of water close at hand to help manage the flames. Burn injuries from a grill fire can be devastating and result in permanent scarring or disability.
NEW JERSEY PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS AT EICHEN CRUTCHLOW ZASLOW & MCELROY, LLP ADVOCATE FOR BURN ACCIDENT VICTIMS
If you or a loved one has been injured in a burn accident due to another’s negligence, our burn injury lawyers in New Jersey at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP can help. We will thoroughly review the facts of your case and prepare a sound legal strategy to fight for the compensation you deserve. With offices conveniently located in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, we help burn injury victims and their families throughout New Jersey. Call us at 732-777-0100 or contact us online for a free consultation.
As we get ready for the summer holidays, many in our area will be uncovering their grills and spending time outdoors with friends and family.