The first big summer weekend is here and who can resist breaking out the grill for a holiday feast. Although accidents are the furthest thing from our minds, outdoor cooking accounts for 7,700 fires each year. Here are some safety tips for outdoor grilling:
- Check gas grills for leaks by applying a light soap and water solution to the gas hose. If you observe bubbles, you have a leak and should turn off the gas immediately and have the grill serviced.
- If you are converting a grill from propane to natural gas, have a certified plumber do the work.
- Move combustible material away from charcoal grills and go easy on the starter fluid!
- Make sure your grill is at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn, including your home.
- Place your grill on a sturdy base and away from high traffic areas to avoid having it tip over. Especially keep it away from children's play areas.
- If a grease flare up does occur, quickly cover the grill. Of course, call the fire department if it gets out of control. Remove grease build-up to avoid this.
Whatever your plans are for the summer, eat well and be safe!