Happy grilling season!
Burgers. Steaks. Corn on the cob. Glazed fruit. Whatever your grilled snack of choice, this is the season to enjoy it!
But it bears repeating: grilling season overlaps with grilling injury season. And that’s nothing to make light of. Every year, nearly 6,000 grill fires take place on residential property—causing an average of $37 million in damage, 100 injuries and 10 fatalities.
This summer, these common-sense tips will help you keep your family, your home, and yourself safe when the grill is up and running.
Grilling Safety Tips
- Place your grill appropriately: outdoors, on a level surface, a safe distance away from structures and landscaping. Once the grill is lit, do not move it.
- Do not cover or store your grill until it has completely cooled down.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill.
- Wear a heavy apron and oven mitts while grilling.
- Do not use gasoline or other flammable liquids to light a charcoal fire. Use only lighter fluid designed by grilling (and never add more lighter fluid once the fire has started).
And before you even get started:
- Inspect your grill! Look for cracks or holes in the grill hoses. Check for blockages (caused by food drippings or insects) and clear them away with a wire or pipe cleaner.
- Check for a gas leak: run a solution of one part liquid soap, one part water, along hoses and connections. Then open the valve at the tank. A gas leak will reveal itself with bubbles.
- Adjust hoses so they are not close to hot areas or spots where grease might drip on them.
Wishing you a safe—and delicious!—grilling season!