Summer is in full swing and that means firing up the backyard grill. But, before you do, keep in mind these tips to stay safe while using a propane or charcoal grill:
- Always check the propane tank hose for holes, cracks or leaks before use.
- If you smell gas or suspect a leak while in use, turn off the grill immediately.
- Any grill suspected of having a leak should be serviced by a professional before future use.
- If a leak does not stop, get away from the grill immediately and call 911.
- Only use starter fluid designed for charcoal use. Never use gasoline or non-approved flammable liquids.
- Do not apply starter fluid to charcoal that has already been ignited.
- When finished grilling, let the coals cool completely before disposing of the ashes.
- Coals and ashes should be disposed of in a metal container.
Summer grilling season is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends, as long as you do it safely.
In 2007-2011, fire departments responded to an average of 8,800 home fires caused by grilling with $96 million in direct property damage.