It’s Summer and you know what that means? Grilling! Before you fire up that grill, consider these important safety tips for grilling.
The U.S. fire department responds to an average of 7,700 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues per year, including an average of 3,200 structure fires and 4,500 outside fires. These 7,700 fires caused an annual average of 13 deaths, 120 injuries and $70 million in direct property damage.
To make sure your next barbecue doesn’t go up in flames, follow these safety tips:
· Designate the grilling area a “No Play Zone”, keeping kids and pets well away until grill equipment is completely cool.
· Before using, position your grill at least 3 feet away from other objects, including the house and any shrubs or bushes.
· Only use starter fluid made for barbecue grills when starting a fire in a charcoal grill.
· Before using a gas grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line to be sure it is working properly and not leaking.
· Never use a match to check for leaks. If you detect a leak, immediately turn off the gas and don’t attempt to light the grill again until the leak is fixed.
· Never bring a barbecue grill indoors or into any unventilated space. This is both a fire and carbon monoxide poisoning hazard.
These are just a few of my tips for grilling. I would love if you would share your tips with me! One of my lucky readers who answers below will win a $25 Sears Gift Card!
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