With Memorial Day weekend upon us, and more and more people vaccinated, it’s safe to say a lot more Americans will be hosting barbecues this weekend this year than they did last year. And apparently, that could be dangerous.
A new ValuePenguin survey finds:
- 71% of Americans plan to host or attend a barbecue this summer.
- 13% of Americans who own or have access to a grill has suffered a grilling-related accident.
- Men are 55% more likely than women to have a grilling-related accident.
- And while booze usually goes with a barbecue, it’s likely to blame for many of these accidents.
- 37% of people admit they’ve been drunk while barbecuing.
- Those people are four-times as likely to have a grilling accident than those who aren’t drunk.
- Millennials and Gen Xers are the most likely to be grilling while drunk.
And drunk-related grilling accidents aren’t the only health-related issues folks have faced from barbecues.
- 22% of Americans say they’ve gotten food poisoning at a barbecue.
- One reason this may happen is because folks aren’t cooking their meat correctly.
- In fact, two in three grillers say they don’t us a meat thermometer to make sure meat is cooked correctly.
- 40% simply cut the meat to see how it looks.
- Unclean grills could also be to blame, with 17% of grillers only cleaning heir grills after four or more uses.