Whether you use charcoal, gas, pellets, or hardwood, one thing is certain – as the summer weather heats up, so do our grills. According to the National Fire Protection Association, July is the peak month for grilling related home fires. Before firing up the grill, check out these hot tips for grilling safety.
- Know Your Grill – Read the owner’s manual and familiarize yourself with how to properly operate.
- Keep It Clean – Failure to clean is the leading cause of structure fires caused by grills. Clean your grill grates and underlying drip trays after each use. Built-up grease and food remains are combustible and create a fire hazard.
- Line Check – At the beginning of the grilling season, check the propane line for leaks or damage. Use a spray bottle to apply a soap and water solution to the line and fittings. Turn on the propane and if you see bubbles or smell gas, there could be a leak. Turn off the gas and have your grill serviced by a professional before using.
- Spacing – Never use a grill indoors (including the garage). Always grill outside and keep a safe distance away from buildings, deck railings, and overhanging trees.
- Light It Right – Always keep the lid open on a gas grill during ignition. If the grill fails to light or the flame goes out, shut the propane off and wait 5 minutes before re-lighting.
- One And Done – If using lighter fluid with a charcoal grill – only use it to initially light the charcoal, never apply more lighter fluid once the fire has already started.
- Be Ready – Keep a fire extinguisher handy in case a fire does occur.
- Stand Guard – Never leave a grill unattended while it is in use. Position the grill in an area away from where children or pets will be playing.
- Cool Down – Allow your grill to cool down completely before putting the cover back on or moving into a storage area.