July is a peak month for grill fires. Nearly 9,000 homes fall victim to fires caused by grills. Be safe this summer by following some of our tips.
For Gas Grills
- Check the cylinder hose for leaks before using it for the season.
- Apply a soap and water solution to the hose. It will reveal gas leaks by creating bubbles.
- If you smell gas and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. Get a professional to service it before using it again.
- If you smell gas while cooking, get away from the grill and call the fire department immediately!
- If the flame goes out, turn off the grill and gas. Wait a few minutes before relighting.
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For Charcoal Grills
- If you use a charcoal grill, be sure to:
- Inspect it for rust damage and holes prior to adding lit coals to it.
- Use a charcoal chimney to start the charcoal burning.
- If using an electric charcoal starter, use an extension cord for outdoor use.
- Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children.
- Keep charcoal fluid away from heat sources.
- Never add Lighter fluid to hot coals.
- Allow coals to cool completely before disposing of in a metal container.
General Grilling Safety
- Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your home.
- Clean your grill on a regular basis.
- Keep decorations away from the grill.
- Always operate your grill on a level surface.
- Don’t wear clothes that will dangle over the grill.
- Have a spray bottle of water nearby.
- Have a fire extinguisher close by.
- Never overload your grill with food, especially fatty meat.
- Never leave a grill unattended.
- Don’t move the grill once it’s lit.