The warmer weather signals the return of grilling season. Memorial Day picnics and barbeques are coming up this weekend! It is very important to be prepared and safe when using grills, both propane and charcoal. According to a report by the National Fire Protection Association between 2007 and 2011, there were an average of 8,800 home and outside fires. 27% of home structure fires involving grills started on a patio, terrace, or a courtyard, 29% started on an exterior balcony and 6% started in the kitchen. July is the peak month for grill fires. AKE Safety Equipment wants to keep you family safe this grilling season by sharing great tips to keep your family and home safe!
1. The grill should be placed away from the home, deck railings and overhanging branches. Clear away flammable debris that is near the area where the grill is placed.
2. Propane and charcoal barbeque grills should only be used outdoors.
3. Never leave a grill unattended.
4. Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill.
5. Clean the grill after every use. Remove grease or fat build-up from the grill and in the trays below the grill.
6. For charcoal grills -if you use starter fluid to enhance or start the fire, use only charcoal starter fluid. Do not add any other flammable fluids to the fire.
7. When you are finished using the charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before deposing them in a metal container for disposal.
8. Propane tank grills -before using the grill for the first time in the season, check the tank hoses for leaks. If you smell gas while cooking on the grill, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill!
9. Make sure that the grill is placed in a well-ventilated area and is firmly in place and stable (cannot be tipped over).
10. Use long-handled utensils when cooking on a grill to avoid burns and splatters.
11. Do not wear loose fitting clothing near the open flame of a grill. Use flame–retardant mitts when adjusting hot vents and grills.
12. Keep a portable fire extinguisher near the grilling station for emergency purposes.