Did you know that there are nearly 9,000 grill fires per year? That’s a lot of personal injuries and property damage that can easily be avoided. So, before you fire up your grill for a backyard barbecue, take these grilling safety tips into consideration.
Keep it outside. Barbecue grills are not designed to be used inside your camper, tent, house, garage or any enclosed area. The effects of carbon monoxide or unexpected sparks can easily cause harm to you or surrounding property.
Wear safe clothing. Make sure your “kiss the cook” apron strings are tied and out of the way of flames. Also, keep an oven mitt nearby when handling hot grates and utensils.
Give it some space. Keep your grill at a safe distance from your home, deck railings, swing-sets and low hanging branches because an open flame reaches farther than you think.
Got charcoal? Don’t add lighter fluid directly to the flame, use newspaper to keep the fire going. When finished, let the coals cool before placing them in a covered metal container.
Got propane? Before getting started, check the gas tank hose for leaks by coating it with a small amount of soap. If there are no bubbles, open the lid before lighting the grill.
Keep it clean. Whether it’s from last year or last weekend, your grill holds flammable grease build-up. So, invest in a great brush and start scraping!
Be aware. Always designate someone to watch over the grill once lit. Children and pets don’t always understand how to keep a safe distance.
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Editor’s note: Segments of this article are from porch.com, countryfinancialsecurityblog.com and hpba.org.