Barbecues injure 170 Dutch per year
A considerable number of Dutch outdoor cooks are giving quite a new meaning to the expression "a scorching summer". The Consumer and Safety Foundation has published figures which show that every year 170 barbecue cooks report to hospital with severe injuries. One in seven is taken in for extended treatment.
Most of the injuries are burns, caused by the use of methylated spirits, petrol or lamp oil to fire up the garden barbecue in summer. The foundation recommends the use of safe barbecue lighter sticks instead.
The victims are generally men aged between 25 and 54.
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