Are you grilling safely this summer?
For many, it’s barbecue season and time to use the outdoor grill. Celebrate the summer with these safe barbecue tips from PerfecTiming Concierge.
It happens every year. The weather gets warmer, more people use outdoor grills – and incidents of grill-caused fires go up. Each year, outdoor grilling causes an average of 8,900 home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. And, gas grills are often the culprit; according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, 64% of households own a gas grill, 44% own a charcoal grill, and 9% own an electric grill.
Looking for ways to stay safe while enjoying your backyard barbecue? Follow these grill safety tips for a fun and safe summer.
1. Check propane leaks on gas grills before your first barbecue: The smell of gas or a flame that won’t light is potentially a sign of a propane leak. Apply soap and water solution to the hose and turn on the gas. The solution will bubble if there is a propane leak.
2. Stabilize your grill: Make sure the grill can’t be tipped over… set it up on a flat surface.
3. Stay outside and away from any structures: Gas and charcoal grills are designed for outdoor use. Often, home fires started by outdoor grills were in a courtyard, patio or terrace or exterior balcony. Just in case, trim overhanging tree branches.
4. Never leave the grill unattended: A grill will stay hot for at least an hour after use. Therefore, keep kids and pets out of the vicinity of the grill.
5. Be careful with charcoal starter fluid: Use charcoal starter fluid with a charcoal grill. No exceptions! When the fire starts to go out, use a charcoal chimney starter instead of adding starter fluid or other flammable liquids to the fire. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
6. Wait to re-light if the flame goes out: if the flame goes out on a gas grill, turn the gas and grill off, then wait a few minutes before re-lighting.
7. Wear the right clothing and protect yourself: Be sure sleeves, shirttails and apron strings are tucked in and not dangling over the grill. Additionally, wear an apron and oven mitts that reach high on the forearm. Use very long-handled utensils designed for barbecuing.
8. Be prepared to put out a fire: Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and let everyone know where it is and how to operate it. Additionally, have baking soda on hand to control a grease fire and a bucket of sand near the grill if you don’t have a fire extinguisher.
Never use water to put out a grease fire!
These easy-to-follow tips will help you and your family have fun and enjoy a safe barbecuing summer. Also, you should contact your local fire department for more tips and information on fire safety.
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