Grilling Safety Tips
Many people love to gather with their family and loved ones for a cookout experience. Grilling is something people love to do to entertain their guests at such times. According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2013 and 2017 outdoor grilling causes an annual average of 10,200 home fires. The association further indicated that gas grills cause more home fires than charcoal grills. The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association statistics show that a majority of grill users own a gas grill (gas grill - 64%, charcoal grill - 44%, electric grill - 9%).
However, there are some safety tips people can do to avoid fire hazards when grilling.
- Grill outside and away from any structures
Gas and charcoal grills are designed for outdoor use only. It is best to place grills farther from buildings and trees. According to NFPA reports, 27% of home fires are caused by grills in courtyards, terrace or patio while 29% are caused by grills in a balcony or open porch.
- Make sure your grill stands firm
Set up the grill on a flat surface to avoid it from being tipped over. You may decide to use a grill pad or splatter mat underneath your grill to protect your deck or patio.
- Dispose properly and keep your grill clean
If you're using a charcoal grill, allow the coals to cool off completely before disposing of. Clean the grill by removing grease or from the tray and the grill.
- Check for propane leaks on your gas grill from the holes and cylinder.
- If you are using a gas grill and the flame goes out, turn off the grill and the gas, and wait for some time before you relight it.
- Don't try to move a lit or hot grill, and remember the grill will stay hot for at least an hour after use.
- If you use a charcoal grill, use charcoal starter fluid only.
- Have a fire extinguisher nearby.
The above-listed grill safety tips are there to protect you from fire hazards. Remember safety first when using a grill.