Product Liability Attorney Investigating Injuries Caused by Gas Grills for plaintiffs nationwide
Around 75 percent of American households own propane gas grills, and according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), grilling accidents account for at least 16,900 annual emergency room visits for severe burn injuries. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that propane grill fires result in about 10 fatalities every year, some of which are linked to negligent use and faulty gas grills. Children under five account for a large percentage of injured accident victims.
As more people switch from charcoal barbecuing to gas grills, accident numbers have increased to about 5,700 grill fires on residential properties, most caused by malfunctioning gas grills. Charcoal or other solid-fueled grills are involved in around 1,300 home fires per year.
Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio Product Liability and Catastrophic Injury lawyer accepting grilling accident cases nationwide.
Common Injuries Associated with Gas Grills
Gas Grill Explosions & Accidents
Gas grill defects are reported every year, and both charcoal and gas grills are recalled each year after injuries get reported by manufacturers, victims and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Common defects affecting grills include connection problems, defective grills, defective tubing and valves, and “venting” accidents. Venting is when a propane tank leaks gas through a safety valve as the tank pressure increases. Tank pressure can increase when exposed to direct heat, or if a propane company overfills tanks. When propane tanks leak or vent in enclosed spaces like garages the gas can be a serious fire, explosion and CO exposure hazard. Propane is easily ignited by a nearby spark or static charge.
Since 2005, the CPSC has issued 24 grill recalls due to faulty burners and missing hoses and incorrect heat shields. Other problems may be caused because consumers neglect basic maintenance.
Compensation & Preventing Gas Grill Accidents
Properly maintaining and storing gas grills can prevent most accidents and injuries. Gas grills are generally safe if they are properly designed and constructed, properly maintained and checked for propane leakage. Search the Consumer Product Safety Commission website to make sure your grill has not been a recalled due to defects. Also, take the following safety measures:
- Check grill hoses for cracks, holes and brittleness.
- Store propane tanks outside, away from your house.
- Keep flammable products away from heat sources.
- Operate grills away from house and garages.
- Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
- Don’t move a grill once it is lit.
- Keep children away from the grill.
- Do not use lighter fluid on gas grills.
- Never grill indoors or in enclosed areas.
- Never leave a grill unattended.
- Before starting a gas grill, check the connection between the tank and the fuel line.
- When lighting a gas grill, always keep the lid open to prevent a flash fire from gas build-up.
If you have been a victim of a defective gas grill, you may be able to seek compensation beyond what an insurance policy may cover. Victims may be able to recover expenses related to the following:
- Sustained Injuries to any person on the premises
- Home damages
- Damage to personal possessions
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury following a grilling accident, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding defective gas grills.