One of the favorite household items of people across the nation is the gas-powered grill. That's because in addition to providing food with a better, richer flavor, these devices are also easy to use, easy to clean and easy to fire up. However, they can also present a risk of serious burn injuries.
To illustrate, consider the recent case of ESPN broadcaster Hannah Storm.
On December 11, Storm was using a gas grill located outside her home to prepare dinner when the flame suddenly went out. Naturally, she then proceeded to turn off the gas and attempt to reignite the grill. However, rather than simply fire back up, the grill created an explosion and a veritable wall of fire.
"It was like you see in a movie, it happened in a split-second," she said. "A neighbor said he thought a tree had fallen through the roof, it was that loud. It blew the doors off the grill."
Storm was able to put out the flames using part of her shirt, and received assistance from both her 15-year-old daughter and a computer technician who happened to be in the home at the time of the gas grill accident.
Emergency personnel were eventually summoned to the scene and Storm was taken to a local burn center for treatment. Here, doctors diagnosed her with second-degree burns to her chest and hands and first-degree burns to her face and neck. In addition, to the burn injuries, she also lost half her hair, as well as her eyelashes and eyebrows.
Fortunately, Storm's doctors have indicated that the burns will heal over time and that her hair will grow back. In fact, she already returned to television last week as the host of the Rose Parade -- albeit with the aid of a skilled makeup artist sensitive to her painful condition.
"This hair wasn't real, these eyebrows weren't real," she said. "It's important to remember burns take a long time to heal."
Interestingly, Storm has since stated that she has spoken with several other people who suffered similar burn injuries and is now planning to use her ordeal as an opportunity to discuss grill safety.
If you or a family member has suffered serious burns because of the negligence of another, consider speaking with an experienced attorney to learn more about your rights and your options.
Sources: Fox News, "ESPN's Hannah Storm returns 3 weeks after grill accident," Jan. 1, 2013; The Huffington Post, "Hannah Storm hosts Rose Parade show: ESPN Anchor Returns, talks propane gas grill accident," Ben Walker, Jan. 1, 2013