As the weather is heating up for summer, that means getting together with family and friends as well as weekends spent gathering around the grill for picnics and cook-outs.
One thing that goes along with hosting events is making sure your guests are happy and safe.
According to the United State Fire Administration(USFA), the fires departments respond to thousands of home grill fires each year causing millions of dollars in property damage.
As part of June being National Safety Month, we would like to highlight grilling safety this week. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind as you gear up for this summer’s grilling season.
Where to put the grill outside?- Position the grill well away (at least 10 feet) from siding, deck railings, over hanging branches. Also away from any lawn activities, play areas or places with foot traffic.
Where should I grill?- Always grill outside and never indoors. This also includes not grilling in the garage, car ports, near eaves, or any above surface that can catch fire.
What about for the person at the grill?- Do not wear loose clothing while cooking and use long handled grilling tools to give plenty of clearance from yourself and the flame.
How about grill prep?- Check the gas tank hose for leaks each year before using grill. Keep the grill clean. If using a charcoal grill only use lighter fluid BEFORE the fire. all of the above will help prevent fire hazards.
How should you supervise grilling area?- Declare a “kid-free” zone within at least 3 feet of the grill and keep pets away also. Keep all matches and lighters used away from the children. Also get rid of the lighter fluid with any children around. Teach children to be on the look out for these things and report any loose matches or lighters to an adult immediately.
Remember to not ever leave the grill unattended while you are cooking.
Happy Summer and Happy National Safety Month!