Grill Safety Tips

It is almost that time of the year again. Time to clean the deck, straighten up the back yard and polish up your old grill. It’s almost barbeque season. But before you going firing up your gas or charcoal grill for the first time this year, take the proper precautions to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones

Every year, grilling accidents account for over 130 injuries and 30 deaths. Most of these accidents occur when consumers first use a grill that has been left idle for a significant period of time (like an entire winter). So it is very important to be extra precautious this time of year.

This article from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission provides several helpful tips to keep your barbeque safe and enjoyable.

Gas Grill Safety Tips

•     Check the tubes that lead into the burner for any blockage from insects, spiders, or food grease. Use a pipe cleaner or wire to clear blockage and push it through to the main part of the burner.

•     Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.

•     Move gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease. If you can’t move the hoses, install a heat shield to protect them.

•     Replace scratched or nicked connectors, which can eventually leak gas.

•     Check for gas leaks, following the manufacturer’s instructions, if you smell gas or when you reconnect the grill to the LP gas container. If you detect a leak, immediately turn off the gas and don’t attempt to light the grill until the leak is fixed.

•     Keep lighted cigarettes, matches, or open flames away from a leaking grill.

•     Never use a grill indoors. Use the grill at least 10 feet away from your house or any building. Do not use the grill in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or under a surface that can catch fire.

•     Do not attempt to repair the tank valve or the appliance yourself. See an LP gas dealer or a qualified appliance repair person.

•     Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions that accompany the grill.

Charcoal Grill Safety Tips

•     Never burn charcoal inside of homes, vehicles, tents, or campers. Charcoal should never be used indoors, even if ventilation is provided.

•     Since charcoal produces CO fumes until the charcoal is completely extinguished, do not store the grill indoors with freshly used coals.

Remember to be safe. Happy grilling!

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