For many Waco families, Labor Day marks the official end of summer. Backyard parties, trips to the beach, and back-to-school get-togethers mean outdoor cooking on the grill. To protect the people you love from serious burn injuries this Labor Day, practice basic grill safety with these tips from your experienced Texas personal injury attorneys:
First, always check your grill for damage before you light it. Look for blocked tubes and vents, cracked propane hoses, and dents or other damage in the propane tank or any other part of the grill. If the grill needs repairs, call a professional.
Second, use your grill outdoors only – never inside, and never in an enclosed area like a tent or trailer. In addition to the risk of fire, an indoor grill can cause a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide.
Third, keep your grill at least ten feet from buildings, railings, eaves, and overhanging branches. A fire is a quick way to ruin a great time – even if no one is hurt.
Fourth, grill safely by wearing short sleeves or tight-fitting long sleeves made of natural fibers only – no polar fleece, nylon, or polyester. Long-handled grill tools and fire-retardant mitts can also help you cook up tasty treats without the risk of injury. If your grill tools need replacing after a summer of hard use, don’t wait for next year: do it before the Labor Day festivities begin.
Finally, if you use propane to heat your grill, store the tanks safely. Choose a propane distributor who will swap an empty tank for a full one. Always make sure the valve is closed completely when the tank is not in use.