Everyone loves BBQ! BBQ and smoked meat have become a summer staple in many households across the nation. However, this seemingly easy method of cooking can sometimes lead to a tragic event. Unfortunately, every summer thousands of people are injured, due to grilling accidents. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there are more than two thousand BBQ related fires every summer that result in millions of dollars in property damage.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2012 almost 20,000 people were hospitalized with burn injuries resulting from a grilling accident. While the majority of these injuries were not life-threatening, some did result in fatalities. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), reported that most grilling related accidents happen as a result of the following:
- A gas leak from the fuel line;
- Venturi tubes leaking propane;
- Failing to properly set up the grill;
- Failing to turn off propane or gas;
- Leaving cooking spray close in proximity to the hot grill;
- Using an improper cleaner;
- Using a charcoal grill that causes carbon monoxide poisoning;
- Improperly lighting or relighting charcoal with lighter fluid.
With that being said, here are some safety tips for grilling this season:
- Place the BBQ or smoker in an open space away from the house;
- Do not allow children near the BBQ or smoker;
- Do not consume alcohol or take drugs, while using a BBQ;
- Do not leave a BBQ unattended;
- Check the gas lines for any leaks or kinks in the hose;
- Make sure the grill is off and the gas is disconnected;
- Properly store and dispose of all gas tanks and charcoal; and
- Always have a fire extinguisher on hand;
- In the event of a fire, immediately call 911 and render emergency medical attention to any injured party.
If a BBQ or meat smoker accident occurs, due to a defective grill or smoker that resulted in injuries or damages, you may be able to pursue a product liability claim. To be successful with a product liability claim in New York State, a person must prove the following elements:
- An injury or loss occurred;
- The product was defective, due to a manufacturing error, design defect, or a failure to warn the consumer;
- The defective product ultimately caused the injury; and
- The product was used in accordance with its intended use.
While summer BBQ’s or cookouts are meant to be a happy time spent with family and friends, it can sometimes lead to an untimely accident. If you have been injured by a defective product, it is of the utmost importance to contact a reputable personal injury attorney. The lawyers at Levine & Slavit, PLLC have represented a wide range of clients in personal injury matters related to dangerous or malfunctioning products and will work to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact (888) LAW-8088 for a consultation today.