No one wants to rain on your parade, especially your Fourth of July parade. But this major holiday lures many Las Vegas residents outdoors and straight to their grill, where fires can flare and injuries can be suffered faster than anyone can say, "Pass that basting brush, please."
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Fourth of July is by far the most popular "grilling holiday" of the year, which helps explain why more grill fires occur in July than during any other month of the year, according to a 2016 report from the National Fire Protection Association.
The Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez make it their primary mission to prevent personal injuries. Allow them to share some sobering information and advice from the NFPA to ensure the only fireworks you see this summer are far up in the night sky.
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The NFPA studied home grill fires from 2009 to 2013 and found:
- Firefighters came to the rescue of about 8,900 fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues per year.
- These fires caused an average of 10 deaths, 160 injuries and $118 million in property damage per year.
- Five of six grills involved in home fires were fueled by gas while 13 percent relied on charcoal or other solid fuel.
- The three leading causes of grill fires were: "a failure to clean the grill properly, placing the grill too close to something that could catch fire and leaving the grill unattended."
You don't have to be a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer to glean sensible safety advice from these findings:
- Scrub the grates and the grease pans to reduce flare-ups before using your grill.
- Create a 10-foot safety zone around your grill. Take the extra step of clipping branches above your grill. They can fall unexpectedly, along with berries and even small animals.
- Never walk away from a lit grill.
Allow the team at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez to offer even more advice about how to prevent injuries around the grill this summer:
- Keep a fire extinguisher near your grill in case an out-of-control fire occurs. A class B, ABC or K fire extinguisher will work on gas and charcoal grills.
- Check the gas line before using a gas grill. A leak or break in the gas line was the fourth leading cause of fires involving gas grills. Inspect the fuel line for any sign of wear or damage, such as cracking or splitting. If you cannot competently replace the line yourself, call a licensed plumber to do it for you. Never operate a gas grill with a faulty gas line.
- Grill in well-ventilated areas and always outdoors. This may seem obvious, but campers are involved in dozens of fires every year that start in their tent, camper or vehicle. In addition to fire, these people also run the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- If you must roll a charcoal grill in your garage – say, for a large gathering that has been interrupted by rain – place the grill on the threshold, or as close to the open garage door as possible.
- Never add lighter fluid to hot, red coals.
- Never use gasoline in place of starter fluid.
You may pride yourself on being responsible, but you can never be certain about the care other people take. If you sustain an injury over the Fourth of July weekend at someone else's home or at a work gathering, don't hesitate to reach out to a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez. We never rain on a parade, but we are known to serve as "marshals" as we guide and represent people who are injured at the fault of someone else’s wrong doing. Contact GGRM at 702-388-4476 for a free legal consultation today.