Propane tanks cause many injuries and deaths in the U.S. every year. These deaths also involve B.B.Q. gas grills.
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/ a division of FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) http://www.fema.gov/ and part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) http://www.dhs.gov/ has recently stated some 6,500 barbecue grill fires injure Americans accounting for property loss of over $27 million annually. According to the U.S. Department of Energy http://www.energy.gov/ nearly 7 million American homes use propane as their primary heating fuel.
December 26, 2008, Dallas, TX (AmericanInjuryNews.com)–According to recent statistics, from the USFA, there are 6,500 known barbecue grill fires in America every year. These fires have resulted in 150 injuries and 5 recorded deaths, in 2007 alone. Nearly a third of these gas grill fires occur on a patio or terrace, and another third of these grill fires takes place in our nation’s backyards. The overwhelming majority of grill fires result from accidents related to malfunctioning propane gas grills. Mechanical failure or malfunction is by far the leading cause of propane ignition. Pressure-release explosions or BLEVE’s (boiling liquid expanding vapor explosions) occur when propane tanks are heated to combustion temperature.
We urge Texans to observe all safety precautions when using or maintaining your propane gas grill. All American consumers need to consider the following safety guidelines:
-Before using a grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line.
-Make sure the venturi tubes (where the air and gas mix) are not blocked.
-Do not overfill the propane tank.
-Do not wear loose clothing while cooking at a barbecue.
-Supervise children around outdoor grills.
-Never grill/barbecue in enclosed areas
-Call 911 or your local emergency number when a fire occurs.
We are alerting all consumers of the possible injuries and damages caused by propane tanks. With the cold weather involving propane tanks for heating and cooking we are urging you to be follow the above suggestions. Propane tank safety may help to protect you and your family from injury and burns from grill fires and propane tank explosions.
AmericanInjuryNews.com by Dallas Personal Injury Lawyer Amy K. Witherite
Practice areas: Personal Injury Cases
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