Grilling Safety Tips

Written by April Weismann on 06/28/2018 10:43 AM in Safety Tips,. Personal Insurance.
As grilling season is short in New Hampshire, many residents make the most of the season by grilling outside as much as possible.  Grilling adds flavor to food and helps keep the house cool by not using the oven, but as with anything to do with fire, precautions need to be taken.  Here are a few safety tips that should be followed according to the National Fire & Protection Agency.

Grill Safety Tips

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Basic Grilling Safety Tips:

  • All grills should be used outdoors and in a well ventilated-area.
  • The grill should be placed away from the home and deck railings.  It should also be out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from grill.  Caution children about balls, toys, etc. around the grill.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grates and in trays below grill.
  • Never leave a grill unattended.
  • Have a fire extinguisher on hand.
  • Don't wear loose clothing while grilling.

Charcoal Grill Safety Tips:

  • If you use starter fluid, use only lighter fluid designed for charcoal.  Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid to the fire itself.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat source.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing of them in a metal container.

Propane Grill Safety Tips:

  • When lighting a gas grill, always keep the lid open to prevent a flash fire from gas build-up.
  • Check the gas tank hose for leaks each year before its first use by doing the soapy bubble test.

Soapy Bubble Test:  Apply a light soap and water solution to hose.  A propane leak with release bubbles.  If the grill has a gas leak, by smell or soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill.  If leak stops, get grill professionally serviced before using.  If leak does not stop, call the fire department.  If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from grill and call the fire department.  Do not move the grill.

If you do have a fire on the grill, DO NOT put water on it.  Here is a video of what happens when you put water on a gas grill fire.

July is the peak month for grill fires, but with a little preparation, you can keep you, your family and dinner safe.  Happy grilling!

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