Statistics for Gas Grill Burns and Injuries
With our favorable weather, outdoor cooking is a popular activity in Arizona. Unfortunately, it can also be hazardous.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly 17,000 people were treated at emergency rooms in the United States in 2012. While many of those burned were too close to the gas grill (and were burned as the result of coming into contact with a hot grill or when their clothing caught on fire), breaks and leaks in gas lines and containers accounted for about 20% of all fires.
How Are People Burned by Gas Grills?
People can be burned by gas grills in a number of ways:
- Being too close to an operating gas grill, and inadvertently touching the grating, outside of the grill, or other grill part or accessory (such as tongs) that are hot
- Having clothing ignited by heat or a flame
- Igniting a grill after a buildup of gas has occurred in the inside of a grill (such as if the gas is turned on and not immediately lit)
- Igniting a flame if there is a broken seal either on the gas tank, the hose connecting the tank to the grill, or a broken or leaking burner (the part in the grill through which gas is spread to provide for even cooking).
How You Can Reduce Your Chance of Being Burned
Actions that can be taken to reduce the chance of being burned include the following:
- Do not leave grills unattended when in use. If there are young children around when the grill is being used, an adult should always stay by the grill.
- Gas burners should be cleaned at least once per year.
- Gas grill charcoals should be periodically replaced, depending upon the amount of use. Charcoals can collect a buildup of grease, which not only can become flammable, but which can also prevent even cooking.
- Make sure to screw in the regulator to the gas tank tightly.
- Turn off gas after use at both the knobs on the grill and at the top of the tank.
Liability for Gas Grill Burns
Tragically, even when gas grills are being properly operated, burns and injuries can result. Often, burn and injuries are the result of defective gas tanks, connection hoses, or burners.
If you suspect that a defective gas grill or propane tank was responsible for your burn injuries, please call us. We can then investigate into the facts and circumstance of your injury to determine possible fault and liability.