As summer gets into full swing in San Diego, it is important to remember
a few safe grilling tips for your weekend barbecues with friends and family.
Because grilling is such a common summertime activity, many forget about
its potential dangers.
In 2010, there was an estimated 3,800 gas or charcoal grill-related injuries
treated in the emergency room, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports.
Here are a few tips for safe grilling from the CPSC:
Before lighting the grill, do a safety check.
Has your grill been recalled? Check
SaferProducts.gov. If the grill has been recalled, contact the manufacturer and stop using
it until you get a repair or replacement.
- Visually inspect the hoses on a gas grill for cracking, brittleness, holes
and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing and
that all connections are secure. Replace if necessary.
- Check for propane gas leaks. Open the gas supply valve fully and apply
a soapy solution with a brush at the connection point. If bubbles appear,
there is a leak. Try tightening the tank connection. If that does not
stop the leak, close the gas valve and have the grill repaired by a qualified
- Is the grill clean? Regularly cleaning the grill, as described in the owner’s
manual, and also cleaning the grease trap, will reduce the risk of flare-ups
and grease fires.
Once the safety check is complete, make sure to operate the grill as safely
outside only in a well-ventilated area. Never use a grill indoors or in a garage, breezeway,
carport, porch, or under a surface that will burn. Gas and charcoal grills
present a risk of fire and/or carbon monoxide poisoning that could result
in injury or death. An estimated 3,800 gas or charcoal grill-related injuries
were treated in hospital emergency departments in 2010. While almost all
of the injuries were burns, a few of the charcoal grill injuries were
related to carbon monoxide. There were an estimated average of eight CO-related
deaths per year between 2005 and 2007 associated with charcoal grills
that were used indoors or in enclosed spaces.
- Never leave a grill unattended. If a flare-up occurs, adjust the controls
on the gas grill or spread out the coals on a charcoal grill to lower
the temperature. If a grease fire occurs, turn off the gas grill and use
baking soda and or a kitchen fire extinguisher to put out the fire.
- Keep the grill hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping
- Keep children away from the grill area. The outside surface of a grill
can get hot and burn when touched.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a California grill
accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
experienced San Diego personal injury attorney
today for a free consultation.