Summer is almost here – after all, Memorial day is just around the corner – which means a lot of people are going to start doing their cooking outside on the grill. Whether it’s a cookout with friends and family, or just using the grill instead of the stove, there will be more and more people firing up the barbeque over the next few months.
However, it’s important to remember that grills can be dangerous. In fact, 27% of home structure fires involving grills started on a courtyard, terrace or patio, and 29% started on an exterior balcony or open porch, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
Before you start grilling this summer, be sure to brush up on your safety tips to avoid burn injuries.
- Regularly clean your grill to prevent buildup of grease. Grease fires are common and can be difficult to put out.
- Keep all starter fluid stored in a cool, safe location. Do not leave it open at any time and be sure to keep it away from any source of heat or fire.
- Do not use any starter method other than what is considered safe and approved for grilling.
- Only use the grill outside
- Don’t put grills next to or under trees, under awnings, or near a structure.
- Prevent children and pets from getting near the grill. This will prevent them from getting burned, or accidentally knocking the grill over.
- Keep a source of water or fire extinguisher available in case the grill tips over or a spark lights something on fire.
- If using a propane grill, check for any cracks or bad connections by brushing soapy water over the hose and connections. If you see bubbles forming, there is likely a leak in that spot.
- Never leave a grill unattended.
- When disposing of charcoal, be sure it cools down completely. Only dispose of it in a metal container designed for charcoal disposal.
If you don’t follow these tips, it could lead to a fire, which can cause serious property damage and personal injury. If you have been injured as a result of a fire and would like to know what options you have, please contact us or call us at 800-676-5295. We offer a free consultation to our new clients to help them understand their options.