According to the National Fire Protection Association (https://www.nfpa.org) July is the peak month for grill fires. An average of 16,600 patients per year went to emergency rooms because of injuries involving grills.Half (8,200 or 49%) of the injuries were thermal burns. Children under five accounted for an average of 1,600 the 4,500 thermal non-fire grill burns. These burns typically occurred when someone, often a child, bumped into, touched or fell on the grill, grill part or hot coals. Gas grills were involved in an average of 7,900 home fires per year. Leaks or breaks were primarily a problem with gas grills. Charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in 1,300 home fires per year.
We all love our grilled foods, but its so important to keep safe when we grill. A grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. Kids and grills don’t mix. We need to use extreme care when we grill to avoid injuring ourselves and our property!
Here are some safety tips:
- Grills should only be used outdoors.
- The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
- There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a 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 from heat sources.
- There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
- When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
- 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 to make sure there are no leaks. If there are you will see bubbles.
- Get the grill serviced by a professional if you see a problem.
- If you smell gas while cooking get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do NOT move the grill!
- If the flame goes out turn the grill and gas off for 5 minutes before relighting it.