Summer is in full swing and nothing says summer fun like grilling outside for your family and friends!
However, did you know that between 2014 and 2018 fire departments in the United States responded
on average to an estimated 10,600 structure-fires per year involving grills and outdoor fires? So while it
is fun and relatively safe to grill it is also important to practice safe grilling habits whenever using them.
Here are five safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this summer!
- Grill outside and away from any structures – Even when grilling on decks or patios keep an
extra eye out for anything that can catch fire like overhanging tree branches, nearby plants,
cardboard boxes or paper goods for example.
- Check for propane leaks on your gas grill – At the start of grilling season check your propane
hoses by applying a solution of dish soap and water to check for leaks. If it bubbles up switch
out the tank hose or get a new tank as this may indicate an unsafe leak.
- If the flame goes out you should wait to re-light – If the flame goes out, turn off the gas and
wait five minutes before re-lighting. Lingering propane inside the grill can cause a spark to ignite
and create a large, dangerous flame. Waiting five minutes will clear any remaining propane from
- Be careful around your grill – Never leave a grill unattended and keep a close eye on children
and pets so no one will suffer burns. Never try to move a hot grill and wait a minimum of thirty
minutes after using before moving the grill to be sure the surfaces have completely cooled
- Be ready to put out fire – It’s a good practice to keep baking soda nearby to put out grease fires,
and a fire extinguisher should a fire should happen to get out of control. If you don’t have fire
extinguishers keep a bucket of sand nearby and never try to put out a grease fire with water!
By following these simple rules and using caution when grilling you can ensure a safe and happy time at
your barbecue this summer!