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How dangerous is grilling in the Illinois summertime?

Nothing beats a grill for the taste of the great outdoors. Charcoal and gas grills have gone from a weekend treat to a part of the modern kitchen in the last few decades, and now seven out of every 10 American adults have a grill or smoker. Between the heat and the smoke, there are some health hazards of which users should be aware.

What's the most serious risk with a grill or smoker?

Smoke inhalation is always on the list of dangers, but large-scale fires are the biggest overall risk. Fire departments reported more than 9,600 annual fires related to grilling or barbecuing by 2015, and more than 40% involved structures instead of simply outdoor space.

What about grills and smokers sends most people to the hospital?

More than 16,000 people went to the emergency room every year between 2012 and 2016 with grill-related injuries. Just under half of these cases were thermal burns or topical damage to the skin due to extreme heat. It is important to note that more than a third of burn cases involved children under the age of 5, who should be specifically protected around fires.

Is there recourse for people injured by other people's grills?

The answer is yes in most cases, as Illinois law allows civil actions for financial damages if a person has been injured by another's actions while an invitee on their property. An attorney can explain the details of these state laws and help counsel victims of personal injuries on the best way to recover with reimbursement or compensation.

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