Grilling Safety Tips

April 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM | Posted in Safety Tips | 1 Comment
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The warm weather season is underway, tempting many to spend more time outside. Cooking on a grill has become a year-round option for some! Whether you grill all year-long or only during the spring and summer months, you can avoid potential dangers when extra precaution is taken. The following grilling tips may help keep you and your family safe:

  • Visibly check grill hoses regularly for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks.
  • Replace scratched connectors, which can eventually leak gas.
  • Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose – a leak will release bubbles. If you discover a leak turn off the tank and grill.  If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, get away from the grill and call the fire department.
  • Move gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and hot grease.  Install a heat shield if necessary.
  • Check the tubes that lead into the burner for any blockages.
  • Do not attempt to repair the tank valve or appliance yourself.
  • Never use a grill indoors.
  • Make sure you keep the grill at least 10 feet away from your house and don’t use it under any structure that can catch fire.
  • Never leave a filled LP gas container in a hot car or trunk.  Heat will cause the gas pressure to increase, causing the relief valve to open and allow gas to escape.
  • Charcoal produces carbon monoxide — never store a grill or hibachi inside with freshly used coals.
  • Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Never leave a lit grill unattended.
  • Always keep children and pets at a safe distance when using a grill.

Everyone loves a cook-out! Grilling fires are one of the leading causes of home fires each year, with June and July the peak months for grill fires. Keep your family and friends safe all year-long and make grilling safety your top priority!

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