According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), each year 8,900 home fires are started by grills.
Grilling is a great way to make a delicious meal, especially as the weather starts to warm up.
However, grilling carries a number of risks that you must be aware of in order to keep your outing safe and enjoyable. To keep your family and friends safe while grilling, keep these suggestions in mind:
- Do not allow children and pets to play near the grill until it is completely cool and you’ve had a chance to put it away.
- Place your grill at least 3 feet away from other objects, including your home, your vehicle, trees and outdoor furniture.
- Before using a gas grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line to make sure it’s not leaking and is working properly.
- Only use starter fluid for barbecue grills that use charcoal. Do not use starter fluid for gas grills.
- If you suspect that your gas grill is leaking, turn off the gas and get the unit repaired before lighting it again. Never use a match to check for leaks.
- Do not bring your grill into an unventilated or enclosed space, such as a garage or inside your home. This is not only a major fire hazard, it is also a carbon monoxide hazard.
Grilling is meant to be a relaxing, social way of preparing a delicious meal outdoors. Following these simple precautions will help you keep it that way.
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