Grilling Safety Tips

The National Fire Protection Association reports an average of 10,600 home fires started each year by barbecue grills. July is the peak month for grill fires. Before you light the grill, brush up on your barbecue safety.

Grill outdoors only. Do not use a propane or charcoal grill in a garage or enclosed space, even if ventilated.

Choose a safe location. The grill should be on a flat surface at least 10 feet from the home, garage, deck railing, or any other structures. Do not grill under any overhanging tree branches.

Wear appropriate clothing. Do not wear lose clothes that may dangle over the fire. Pay special attention to shirt sleeves, apron strings, and long hair.

Maintain a safe distance by keeping kids and pets at least three feet away from the grill and where food is being prepared or carried to prevent burns.

Never leave the grill unattended. Fires can double in size every minute.

Routinely clean the grill. Remove grease and fat buildup from the grill and trays.

Open the lid on gas grills before lighting.

Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. If bubbles form or if there is a gas smell, there is a propane leak.

Allow coals to cool completely after grilling when using a charcoal grill before disposing in a metal container.

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