Summer Grilling Safety
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by Anna Wright
With the summer months here, it is important to brush up on grilling safety in order to keep you and your family safe. According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2012-2016, an average of 16,600 patients per year were admitted to the emergency room due to injuries involving grills. Children under the age of five accounted for 1,600 (one-third) of the 4,500 thermal non-fire grill burns. To help keep you safe, below are a few ‘do’s and don’ts of grilling’ adapted from the National Fire Protection Association.
- Use propane and charcoal BBQ grills outdoors. You should never use a grill indoors.
- Place the grill far away from your home. The grill should be placed at least 10 feet away from your house or any building.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
- Clean your grill. Simply clean the tubes by using a pipe cleaner or wire to clear the blockage.
- Man your grill area.
- Check for gas leaks. Before using your grill check the major connection points or have your grill looked at a professional to make sure it is safe to use.
- Smoke around the grill. This includes the use of any matches or other open flames.
- Try to repair the tank valve or grill yourself. Have a professional or qualified appliance repair person fix it.
- Store spare gas containers under or near the grill or indoors. Keep containers upright, especially when transporting gas containers.
This summer, remind your friends and families to stay safe by following general fire safety rules. There is nothing worse than an outdoor barbeque ending early because of a fire. With these quick tips in mind, families can have a safe and enjoyable experience while grilling outside during the summertime.