For many, Summer means a surge in outdoor cooking. Grilling is a fun and delicious way to prepare food, but it’s not without its risks.
Did you know the National Fire Prevention Agency says cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires? Between 2014 and 2018, more than 42,000 home fires were started by grills, hibachis, and barbecues, resulting in over $149 million in property damage. Every year, gas grills are involved in more than 8,900 home fires!
Knowing how to safely operate your outdoor cooking equipment is critical to preventing fires. And knowing what to do in the event of a fire can save lives and property.
Check out these tips and recommendations for enjoying a fire-safe grilling season:
- For propane grills, check the gas tank for leaks before use.
- Place the grill well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area.
- If you use starter fluid when charcoal grilling, only use charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. When you have finished grilling, let the coals cool completely before disposing in a metal container.
- Never leave your grill unattended when in use.
With these tips, you’ll have a safe and happy summer. We hope you enjoy it!