Summer is almost here, and this means that many of us will be looking forward to getting the barbecue out and inviting friends and family over. If you’re a fan of garden gatherings, here are some of the most common barbecue accidents to avoid and some tips to help you stay safe this summer.
The last thing you want is to end up holed up inside all summer nursing injuries caused by burns or slips, trips and falls.
5 common barbecue accidents
The most common barbecue accidents include:
- Burns: burns are the most common type of injury caused by barbecues. When you’re grilling, take care to avoid damaging your skin. Use long-handled utensils to turn meat over and move it from the grill to a serving dish. Don’t stand too close to the grill and never use your fingers. If you do sustain burns, place your hands under cold running water immediately.
- Slips and trips: if you’ve got kids running around, trailing wires or gas canisters in the middle of the pathway, a barbecue can soon become chaotic. To prevent common barbecue accidents, including slips and trips, make sure any wires are stowed away securely and keep children and pets away from the grill. Make sure you keep gas cylinders and bags of coal out of thoroughfares.
- Cuts and tears: if you’re using a rustic barbecue, take care with rough and sharp edges. If you do cut yourself, place a damp tissue or cotton pad on the wound to stem bleeding and then cover with a plaster.
- Smoke inhalation: if you attempt to barbecue in an enclosed space, there is a risk of excessive smoke, fire and smoke inhalation injuries. Always make sure you barbecue in a well-ventilated setting to avoid common barbecue accidents.
- Eye injuries: eye injuries can occur as a result of flying debris and excessive heat. Try to make sure you stand clear of the barbecue and avoid pouring petrol or any other accelerant onto the stove.
Compensation for common barbecue accidents
If you’ve been injured in a public place, for example, when attending a barbecue at the local pub, you may be eligible for public liability compensation.
To find out if you have a viable public place accident claim, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Our expert legal team works on a no-win, no-fee basis. If you’ve been injured, we can help you to claim the personal injury compensation you deserve.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice