Barbecue Safety

We all know how good the taste of food prepared on the grill is but every year about 2000 BBQ-related fires damage or destroy homes. There are a few basic tips you can follow to minimize your barbeque risk while maximizing its fun.

  • Keep the grill away from the house and avoid low hanging tree branches and other objects that could catch on fire.
  • While cooking wear a protective apron and use a long-handled barbeque tongs while wearing fire-proof mitts.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy and keep children away from the grill while it is hot.
  • If you have a charcoal grill, make sure you only use proper starter fluid and only enough to get the fire started. Do not add fluid after the fire is lit to avoid flash fires.
  • After you have finished grilling, give the coals adequate time to properly cool. This can take up to two days.
  • If you’re using a gas grill, make sure that your propane tank is properly hooked up and there no leaks. When it comes time to light the grill, make sure the lid is open to prevent gas accumulation and a possible explosion.
  • After you’re finished using the grill, keep it away from the house in a cool area with the valves firmly shut to prevent gas from escaping and creating a dangerous situation.

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