BBQ Safety Tips
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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