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How to prevent burn injuries during grilling season

With the barbecue season upon us, millions of people will light the grill multiple nights per week to cook burgers, dogs, chicken and more. With some of the best grilling spots in the state of Michigan, it's time to take a look at how you can prevent burn injuries during the barbecue season this summer.

It goes without saying, but all grills should be used outdoors. They should be placed away from the home, deck, cars, garages, overhangs, trees and any other item that can catch fire. Always clean the grill after each use to prevent the buildup of grease that can cause a fire. Never leave a lit grill unattended.

Should you ever smell gas while using a propane grill this summer, turn it off immediately. If the smell goes away once you turn it off, try to find the source of the leak. Tighten all of the connections. If the smell is still persistent, stop using the grill immediately and call the fire department. They will be able to get the leak under control. You should then have the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.

If you use a charcoal grill, wait until the coals are cool before disposing of them in a bag and trash can. If you dispose of them while still hot, they can cause a fire. If you use lighter fluid to light your charcoal grill, make sure you keep it out of the reach of children.

Always place the grill on a stable area so it cannot be tipped over. Make sure the ground is flat and even consider using a grill pad for underneath. It's also a good idea to have a fire extinguisher or baking soda handy in the event that a fire breaks out that is not intended for cooking the food.

If you or a loved one have suffered burn injuries during a barbecue, contact our firm in Rochester to discuss your situation and how you can protect your rights.

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