summer is a season for outdoor food and fun around the barbecue. Unfortunately,
it's also the time for burn injuries and poisonings from improper use of grills.
As the barbecue season goes into full swing, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC) is warning of dangers related to carbon monoxide poisoning and
burns, as well as defective gas grills that have been recalled by the manufacturers.
Charcoal Grill Safety Tips Each
year, charcoal grills are involved in about 20 deaths and more than 300 emergency
room-treated injuries due to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Burning charcoal
produces CO, a colorless, odorless gas that can accumulate to toxic levels in
closed environments. To reduce your risk of CO poisonings, follow CPSC's 3 safety
1 - Never burn charcoal inside of homes, vehicles, tents,
2 - Charcoal should never be used indoors, even with ventilation.
3 - Since charcoal produces CO until the charcoal is completely extinguished,
do not store the grill indoors with freshly used coals.
Gas Grill Safety Tips Liquid petroleum (LP) gas or propane,
used in gas grills, is extremely flammable and hazardous. Each year more than
500 fires occur when people use gas grills. You're at greatest risk just after
refilling and reattaching the grill's gas container, or when you're using a grill
that's been left idle for a period of time. To reduce
the risks, follow these precautions suggested by CPSC:
CPSC worked with grill manufacturers to develop a new
voluntary standard to prevent LP gas leaks. Grills meeting this standard will
shut themselves off if a gas leak occurs.
In November 1998, CPSC and Sunbeam Products Inc. recalled for repair about 80,000
Grillmaster gas grills with side burners. The side burner's propane gas hose on
these grills can twist up toward the aluminum casting of the grill, causing overheating
and melting of the hose. Gas leakage or a fire could result from the hose damage.
To get a free repair kit or for more information, call Sunbeam toll-free at (888)
In May 1999, CPSC and Kmart announced a recall of about 40,000 Tru-Burn
Portable LP Gas Grills because their burner manifolds can separate during use
and ignite nearby combustibles. For more information, call Kmart toll-free at