It is summertime, and what most people do to celebrate July 4th, Labor Day, Memorial Day, or even just a typical picnic day is grill outdoor. According to NFPA, over 10,200 home caught on fire due to grilling each year. And 19,000 patients went to the ER per year because of injuries involving fills, including thermal burns. The reason this happens typically is because of incorrect usage of products. Here are seven tips on how to stay safe.
- Keep your grill outside and at least 10 feet away from any structure. NFPA reported that more than one-quarter of the home caught on fires by outdoor grills in their courtyard, patio, carports, garages, balcony or porch. It is better to stay safe and keep an eye out for anything that can cause a fire.
- Make sure your grill is clean and stable. By doing this, you are keeping your grill from tipping over and buildup grease from previous uses from getting out of control.
- Check for any propane or gas leaks. The best way to check for gas leaked is to apply a light soup in water over the hoses and connections, and if you see the soap forming large bubbles, that is a sign that the hoses have a tiny hole or the connection is not tight enough.
- Never leave a lit grill unattended. It is best to keep an eye out at all times to make sure a fire doesn’t start off anywhere. Don’t allow children or pets near the grill. And remember to always have a fire extinguisher, just in case (keep the extinguisher within a couple of steps of your grill).
- Do not turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. It causes the gas to build up inside, and when it comes time for you to lit and open it, a huge fireball can explode right in your face.
- Do not overload your grill with food, especially fatty meats. When too much fat drips on the flames, it causes a massive fire that can light up anything nearby.
- Have fun, and stay safe. Grilling is one of the most fun things to do for any summer activity or veterans holiday.
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