Summer Safety

Grill Safety Fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers, is a welcome sight at the family cookout.
But fire anywhere else can make your summer kick-off barbecue memorable for all the wrong reasons.
   
Facts & figures  

In 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8,800 home and outside fires.
These 8,800 fires caused an annual average of 10 civilian deaths, 140 civilian injuries and $96 million
in direct property damage. More than one-quarter (27%) of the home structure fires involving grills
started on a courtyard, terrace or patio, 29% started on an exterior balcony or open porch, and 6%
started in the kitchen. In almost half (43%) of the home outdoor fires in which grills were involved,
half (51%) of the outside gas grills, and 29% of gas grill structure fires, the fire started when a flammable
or combustible gas or liquid caught fire (source and more information can be found on the NFPA website).

 
Safety tips
 
Charcoal grills
There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel. If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
 
Propane grills
Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas 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, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
 
Grilling Safety Tips
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