Posted on July 27, 2015
Summer is in full swing and that means firing up the backyard grill. But, before you do, keep in mind these tips to stay safe while using a propane or charcoal grill:
- Always check the propane tank hose for holes, cracks or leaks before use.
- If you smell gas or suspect a leak while in use, turn off the grill immediately.
- Any grill suspected of having a leak should be serviced by a professional before future use.
- If a leak does not stop, get away from the grill immediately and call 911.
- Only use starter fluid designed for charcoal use. Never use gasoline or non-approved flammable liquids.
- Do not apply starter fluid to charcoal that has already been ignited.
- When finished grilling, let the coals cool completely before disposing of the ashes.
- Coals and ashes should be disposed of in a metal container.
Summer grilling season is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends, as long as you do it safely.
In 2007-2011, fire departments responded to an average of 8,800 home fires caused by grilling with $96 million in direct property damage.