Tips for Grilling Safety

Many backyard gatherings are centered around the grill. Despite how great grilled foods taste, gas and charcoal grills can be dangerous. According to the National Fire Protection Association, grills send 19,700 people to the emergency room every year. Grills also cause an average of 10,600 home fires a year.

To keep your home and your family safe, consider these grilling safety tips:

· Do not let children and pets play near the grilling area when cooking until the grill is completely cool.

· Wear clothing that won’t interfere with the cooking process. Do not wear clothes with long sleeves or dangling pieces.

· Place your grill at least 3 feet away from other objects, including your house, trees and outdoor seating.

· Use starter fluid for barbecue grills that use charcoal only. Do not use starter fluid for gas grills.

· Check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line to ensure it is not leaking and is working properly before using a gas grill.

· If you suspect your gas grill is leaking, turn off the gas and get the unit fixed before lighting it. Never use a match to check for leaks.

· Do not bring your grill into an unventilated or enclosed space such as the garage or inside your home. This is not only a significant fire risk but also a carbon monoxide hazard.

· Be prepared to put out fires. Keep baking soda by your grill to control grease fires and a fire extinguisher nearby for all other fires.

Grill fires can start easily and spread quickly. But with the proper precautions, your family can safely enjoy this tasty summer activity.

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