While many prefer to have barbecues in the backyard, the climate, especially in the UK, means that enjoying a barbecue outside is only really applicable for two to three months of the year. This also means that people may be tempted to take their gas barbecue under cover into the house or conservatory.
The most common barbecue used to be the charcoal one, but the gas barbecue is becoming more and more popular. With charcoal and gas barbecues, there are always dangers. So, here are the dangers of having a gas barbecue in the household.
What types of dangers do gas barbecues have?
One of the main dangers of gas barbecues in the household is the fuel that powers it, the gas. If inhaled this can be very dangerous and cause short-term and long-term injuries. Another danger of any barbecue, and in particular a gas one, is the heat and the flames it emits when it is on.
It’s also important to recognise that, while slips, trips and falls are common anywhere, having something bulky like a barbecue around can increase the chances of suffering a trip injury. The severity of those injuries are also increased when people trip over something as dangerous as a barbecue.
Faulty gas bottles or even faulty barbecues themselves can cause myriad injuries, especially if the barbecue is indoors or left unattended.
How to stay safe with gas barbecues in the household
To keep your family safe, make sure you store the gas canisters in a secure, dry, cool place outside. This means that even if it were to leak gas, this would be unlikely to cause you or your family gas poisoning.
Another way to prevent nasty injuries or burns is to make sure the barbecue is supervised at all times when it is on. This means you can make sure the flames don’t get out of hand and that your children stay away from it.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you’ve suffered an accident due to a gas barbecue in the household or any other incident that wasn’t your fault, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in personal injury claims. With over 15 years’ worth of experience, our expert team of lawyers can walk you through the stages of your claim, from the start to the very end. You can take comfort in knowing that we work on a no-win no-fee* basis and, in many cases, our clients don’t have to step foot in a court room.
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Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown