What happens when the weather gets warmer day by day? Besides everyone being in better moods and enjoying the nice weather, it is the initiation of grilling season.
According to the National Fire Association, an average of 9,600 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues occur every year. Gas grills contribute 7,900 homes fires a year while charcoal grills chip in 1,300.
It is always better to be safe rather than sorry. That is why it is important to brush up on grilling safety before summer is in full swing. Whether you are a grill master or not, these tips can help prevent a disaster from taking place.
- Do not light or turn on a grill inside a garage or indoor space
- Do not wear loose clothing
- Keep the grill 10 ft away from your house and other structures
- Open the grill lid before lighting it
- Make sure your grill is on a flat and stable base
- Use a long match or a mechanical lighter specific to grilling
- Do not leave a grill unattended
- Keep children and pets away the grill
- Be aware of wind, it may blow sparks
- Never use water on a grease fire, baking soda over the flames is a better option
- Always have a fire extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency
- Allow the grill to cool completely before moving it or covering it up
- Clean out the inside of the grill and empty debris into a metal container
- Store matches, lighter fluid, and lighters away from children and pets
When it comes to grilling with an open flame, it is best to be prepared and know safe grilling practices. For more grilling safety, go to the National Fire Protection Association to find more information.