There’s nothing quite like a summer barbecue to get your taste buds fired up and ready for a tasty burger. Plenty of us enjoy planning a barbecue during the summer months, and many households have a gas barbecue to use instead of one that involves coal and firelighters.
If this includes you, you should know exactly how to use it to make sure you can enjoy a safe barbecue each and every time. Always read the instructions that come with your gas BBQ and follow them every single time. This should ensure you have a safe experience. However, there are isolated cases where accidents happen anyway, despite the best efforts of those who have bought and used them.
Examples of the most likely gas BBQ injuries to happen
Burns are among the more likely injuries to happen when these barbecues are in use. You should know how to ignite them safely and adjust the temperature as required. You will need to change the gas bottle every now and then too, so it is imperative that you know how to do this and how to make sure everything is connected up safely.
While this should prevent the vast majority of accidents happening, you cannot always know if there is something wrong with the barbecue itself. Some gas BBQ injuries might occur if there is a part missing that cannot easily be seen. Similarly if there is a loose connection somewhere this might potentially allow the gas to leak out. If this happens it could potentially ignite more gas and cause an explosion.
What if this has already happened?
If you’ve been burned or injured in some other way because your gas barbecue has caused an explosion, or because something else has gone wrong with it, it is very important to get medical help if you need it. You should at least take photos of your injuries, as well as any that someone else may have suffered. These could help support any later claim you may make for compensation. You should also take pictures of the barbecue and see whether there was any particular fault with it if you can.
If you suspect you do have good cause to make a claim for compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline first of all. This will help you get the professional no-obligation advice you need, so call 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: August 20, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead