Putting common sense on menu is best way to avoid grill burns and accidents, experts say
SATUDAY, April 11 (HealthDay News) -- Safety is one of the most important ingredients for a successful barbecue season.
"Over-feeding your charcoal fire with starter fluid that then flares up is a common mistake people make," Dr. Brent King, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, said in a university news release.
Burns are the most common type of barbecue-related injury, King said. And common sense is the best way to prevent them, said Lon Babcock, a board member of the International Barbeque Cookers Association and a founder of the Texas Gulf Coast Barbeque Association.
He offered the following safety tips:
When using propane barbecues, always make sure that the propane tank is attached correctly to prevent leaks at connection points, advised Robert Emery, assistant vice president for safety, health, environment and risk management at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.
Other tips for safe barbecuing with propane include:
The New York City Fire Department offers barbecue safety tips.
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, news release, March 2009
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