BBQ Safety Tips

Posted on : March 10, 2015

Grilling is something many people enjoy doing, especially in the summer months. Unfortunately, grilling can also be a risky and dangerous activity. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), from 2007-2011, gas grills were involved in an average of 7,200 home fires annually. Charcoal and other solid-fueled grills constituted an average of 1,400 home fires annually.

The following are a few safety tips that may help prevent a home fire or injury when using a grill:

When using your grill, always keep it at least 10 feet away from your house or any trees.

Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing. Loose clothing has a higher chance of catching fire.

Have a fire extinguisher within reach in the event of an out-of-control or accidental fire. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, have a hose ready.

If you intend to grill on a wooden deck, wet down the area thoroughly before you start cooking.

Avoid using lighter fluid. Not only is lighter fluid not good for flavor, it can be very dangerous if you attempt to add it to charcoal that is already hot.

Keep alcohol away from the grill as its very flammable.

Keep children at least 10 feet away from the grill at all times.

Make sure your grates are not filled with gunk or grease, as they can easily catch fire.

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