While summer is winding down for most, many are still lighting up their grills and enjoying the warm sun. In fact, there are over three billion barbecues per years. Before you even open up the propane tanks, there are a few safety tips to follow.
–Place your grill in a safe location. Make sure to place your grill at least 10 feet away from any structure on your house. Nearly 30% of structure fires involving grills started on a terrace, patio or courtyard. Another 30% started on a balcony or porch! * By keeping them away from all structures, the risk of a fire decreases dramatically.
-This also means you should grill outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
–Be smart about gas grills. If you ever smell gas, or when you finish using the grill, turn off all valves.
–Be safe with lighter fluid. Avoid flash fires —never add liquid fuel to build your fire. To rekindle/build a fire, use dry kindling and more charcoal.
–Clean up the right way! Keep your grill clean and safe by disposing of coals correctly. Make sure to soak them in water to cool them down and then place coals in a closed metal container far from any structures. Also, make sure to remove all fat and grease buildup from the trays below to avoid grease hazards.
Have a great end of the summer and enjoy those burgers!
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