Lightweight, easy to move around and store, and typically also easier to clean than larger, more permanent barbecues, portable barbecues are the ideal solution for holidays, picnics, days at the beach or even a quick grilled sausage in your backyard. The one place they should never be used is indoors, be it a house, a caravan or a tent, because the dangers of portable barbecues indoors are simply too great to take the risk.
Obvious dangers of portable barbecues indoors
The first and most obvious of the dangers of portable barbecues indoors is that of injury by fire. Even when using a portable barbecue outdoors, it is important to choose a location well away from tree, bushes and flammable materials to prevent flames or sparks causing a fire. Indoors, the heat generated by a barbecue alone could be enough to set drapes, curtains or pieces of furniture ablaze.
Then, of course, there is the risk of injury by explosion, especially if using a gas powered barbecue. While this is obviously a risk outdoors as well, the pressure generated by an explosion within a confined space could easily make injuries significantly worse.
Silent dangers of portable barbecues indoors
The other, less obvious, yet potentially far more lethal danger of using a portable barbecue indoors is the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Both gas and charcoal powered barbecues will invariably emit small quantities of carbon monoxide. Outdoors, this does not cause a problem, as the emitted gas will quickly dissipate. Indoors, however, levels could rapidly rise to lethal proportions.
General dangers when barbecuing
Attending a barbecue at the weekend can be great fun. There are, however, risks you should be aware of. In addition to the risks of injuries by fire and explosions, you may also be injured by slipping, tripping or falling.
Spilled drinks, dropped food and uneven garden paths, carelessly deposited garden toys or tools and wet areas around pools, are just some of the hazards likely to cause slips, trips and falls.
Unless food is cooked thoroughly, there is also a risk of food poisoning infections.
If you suffered an accidental injury at someone else’s barbecue, be it a slip, trip or fall, an injury by fire or food poisoning, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we specialise in helping people injured through no fault of their own get the personal injury compensation they deserve. Enlist expert help from our in-house solicitors by having a confidential chat with an advisor on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a landline, now.
Date Published: October 5, 2016
Author: Accident Advice