The sun is out, the heat is on and the grills are firing up. If you are a fan of open-flamed cooking, summer is a very special season indeed. However, with the increased use of both propane and charcoal grills, it is important to remember some key pillars of grilling safety while enjoying your next cookout.
- Never leave your grill unattended. It is tempting to step away from the grill to join a conversation, grab a beverage or just step inside for a moment to escape the heat, but this presents some high risks that far outweigh the benefits. Not only could a child or pet possibly touch the hot surfaces, but the flame may unexpectedly grow and put your house at risk.
- Regularly clean your grill. Over time, grease and fat (both of which are flammable) will accumulate within the grill. Most grills offer a removable drip tray, which can be safely and efficiently emptied and cleaned before reuse.
- Make sure to replace corroded or well-worn propane tanks. Most propane providers also offer tank replacements, which is vital for the safety of yourself and others. Propane is highly flammable and a leak can wreak devastating results if not discovered.
- Be conservative and careful with starter fluid. On charcoal grills, there’s a temptation to douse the charcoals with starter fluid in order to cook up hot dogs and hamburgers in a hurry. Over saturating your coals can lead to a dangerously large flame or even an unexpected flare up that can cause serious injuries. Also, be sure to keep the starter fluid safely distant from open flames and heat.
- Do not overindulge in alcohol consumption while helming the grill. Many cookouts involve large amounts of food and drinks, however it is irresponsible to allow an intoxicated person to operate something as hazardous as an open-flame grill. Hot surfaces, flammable liquids and sharp objects are a cocktail of potential trouble for tipsy cooks.
There is no question that grilling can be a fantastic way to bring together family and friends on a warm, summer afternoon. There are always risks present, but with some proper grilling safety precautions, your next cookout should be the fun and delicious day that it should be.
In the unfortunate case that you, a friend or loved one is injured this summer due to the negligence of others, please do not hesitate to contact us to speak with an attorney at 407-841-7699. For additional resources, keep checking our blog, LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more helpful hints and to always be informed about best practices in law.