Grill Master Safety Tips
Grilling outside with family and friends is a summer MUST in Texas. But statistics show just how important it is to follow proper safety guidelines when grilling.
Highlights from the latest report from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says:
- From 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8,900 home fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues per year.
- These 8,900 fires caused annual averages of 10 civilian deaths, 160 reported civilian injuries, and $118 million in direct property damage. Almost all the losses resulted from structure fires.
- The leading causes of grill fires were a failure to clean, having the grill too close to something that could catch fire and leaving the grill unattended.
- A leak or break was the leading cause for outside or unclassified grill fires. Leaks or breaks were primarily a problem with gas grills.
So, how can we stay safe when grilling? Follow these easy grilling tips to keep you safe and make you the ultimate grill master!
- Grill outside only! Both propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors. The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Adults only. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
- Keep it clean! Clean your grill by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
- Never leave your grill unattended. Stay close by the grill while it is still on. This means you should prep your food ahead of time or have a helper on hand.
- Light your grill with the lid open. Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
- How to prep your charcoal:
- Charcoal chimney starters let you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
- If you use a fluid started, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
- Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
- Electric charcoal starters do not use fire. Use an extension cord.
When you’re finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
Watch the video below for some practical grilling safety tips from the National Fire Protection Agency.