Grilling Safety

Avoid Flare-Ups and Fires, Grill Safely this SummerWhat’s better than a backyard barbecue? Not much, we reckon. Whether it’s a perfectly seared steak, a freshly caught filet or just corn on the cob, there’s something special about grilling with family and friends that enhances the flavor of local seasonal favorites.

Much worse than ants or rain, an uncontrolled flare-up will cramp your cookout style and may bring unexpected guests from the NFD to your patio. An ounce of prevention is worth much more than its weight in watermelon! Below is a quick checklist to review before firing up the barby this season.

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors
  • The grill should be placed well away from your home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area
  • Keep grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill

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 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 form heat sources
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord rated for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let ht coals cool completely 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, 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 move away from the grill and call the Fire Department, DO NOT MOVE THE GRILL.

Content Source: http://nfpa.org