Grilling Safety Tips
Nothing beats the smell of hot dogs, hamburgers, and fresh veggies on the barbeque. Grilling is one of summer’s quintessential past times, along with swimming and trips to the seaside. While we all like to think of ourselves as expert grillers, it’s important to take the necessary precautions against fire and burns. That old apron saying is “Kiss the Cook” not “Kill the Cook.”
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that outdoor grilling causes an average of 10,200 home fires, and roughly half of the injuries that occur are thermal burns – meaning the grill is too hot!
Before you fire up the barbeque, keep in mind these tips from the NFPA:
- Propane (gas) and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors.
- Electric grills can be used inside. If you are using an electric grill, make sure the area is properly ventilated. Do not use an electric grill in the rain or near combustible or flammable materials.
- Always make sure your gas grill is open before lighting it. If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait 15 minutes before relighting.
- If using a gas grill, check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. For a handy trick, click HERE. If you smell gas while cooking, contact your fire department immediately!
- Grills should be kept away from the home, deck railings, and away from eaves and overhanging branches.
- NEVER leave your grill unattended. Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grilling area.
- Don’t forget to turn off your grill when you’re done. Power off, unplug and let the grate temperature drop just so it’s warm enough to clean it thoroughly.
- Always clean your grill after use. Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup on the grates and the tray below the grill.