While slips, trips and falls in the garden might be a common occurrence among youngsters, and adults after a few too many Pimms, there are various barbecue-related accidents that we should all be aware of, as we head into the sunniest season of the year.
Barbecue accidents and injuries
As well as slips and trips in the garden, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has published that the most common types of barbecue-related accidents are burns, scalds or other injury due to fire or flame, and cuts or tears by sharp edges.
You may feel safer at home than in a public space, yet the majority of accidents involving gas barbecues – whether the kids fall in the garden or you burn your hand on the grill – occur in the home, with less than 25 per cent of barbecue accidents occurring in public.
Minimising the risk of barbecue-related accidents and injury
With that in mind, it would make sense to take precautions this year to minimise the risk of barbecue accidents and injuries occurring during your get together.
RoSPA advises that before barbecuing, follow some simple guidelines to reduce the risk to yourself, family and friends:
- Always check your barbecue is in good condition, including gas cylinders and pipe work, repair or adjust any loose or damaged parts.
- Light the barbecue early to guarantee it is at a suitable temperature before you need to cook on it.
- Metal gets very hot; use long-handled barbecue tools and do not touch the barbecue until it has completely cooled down.
- Never leave children or pets unsupervised near to a barbecue.
- Turn the tap off before changing the gas cylinder; complete the task outdoors in an open area. When your barbecue comes to an end turn off the gas cylinder tap before turning off the controls on your barbecue ensuring that all remaining gas is used up and will not leak.
Claiming compensation for a public accident
If you have experienced a barbecue-related accident through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim compensation from the liable third party.
A law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, can help you determine whether or not you have a case eligible to claim personal injury compensation.
From slips and falls to burns and scalds, no matter your barbecue-related injury, Accident Advice Helpline have years of experience assisting victims on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis.
Call today on 0800 689 0500 for a free initial consultation.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice