Summer means entertaining and often includes firing up the grill to cook all kinds of meats and vegetables – even tofu. The last thing you want is a fire injury from a super-hot grill.Grill SafetyWhether you choose a propane or charcoal grill, preparation is key to ensure safety and enjoyment. The Bendell Law Firm recommends that grills should be only used outdoors and placed away from combustible surfaces like your home, deck and overhanging branches. Children and pets should always be supervised and kept away from the grill area. Keep all grills clean and free of grease and fat buildup including trays beneath the grill surface.For propane grills:

  • Check connections between the tank cylinder and regulator and burners each time you begin cooking – tighten if necessary. All connections can be checked by preparing a soap and water solution and brushing it on the connecting points. When the propane tank is opened, you will be able to detect any gas leaks with bubbles at the connectors.
  • If you see bubbles, tighten the connections. lf the bubbles persist, call for professional servicing.
  • When cooking, if you smell gas, turn off the burners and major tank switch. If the smell continues, leave the area and call the fire department right away.

For charcoal grills:

  • Use only charcoal starter fluid and apply before the charcoal is lighted. Never add any flammable liquids directly to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of reach of children.
  • Let coals cool completely before disposing. Use a metal container and place it well away from the house and any other structure.

No matter which type you use, never leave the grill unsupervised and clean it after each use to remove excess grease.

You can find more safety tips at the National Fire Protection Association website.

Try Lamb Burgers for a Different Grilled Treat


  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Olive oil
  • 1 1/3 pounds ground lamb
  • 4 hamburger buns or small ciabatta rolls
  • 1 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1 1/3 cups crumbled feta cheese
  • 4 1/4-inch-thick red onion slices
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar


Mix first 3 ingredients and 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in medium bowl; mix in lamb. Shape into four 3/4-inch-thick patties. Preheat grill to medium-high and grill patties 4 minutes per side.

Grill buns until golden, about 2 minutes. Top each bun bottom with burger. Toss spinach, feta, onion, vinegar, and 11/2 tablespoons oil in bowl. Place salad atop burgers. Cover with bun tops, pressing firmly to compact.

Attorney James Bendell, personal injury attorney in Coeur D’Alene, ID, has extensive experience in personal injury cases caused by burns and other serious injuries as well as premises liability. If you or a family member has been injured in an accident, someone may have been negligent in observing proper safety precautions for outdoor grilling. Call us at 208-215-2255 for a free consultation on your injury case. You can find more information at our website. Enjoy all your summer barbecues while keeping your family safe too.