Grill fires are responsible for more than 7,000 injuries each year in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Whether you are planning a Fourth of July celebration, or you simply want to grill some steak for dinner, it is important to take steps to prevent a grill fire.
Here are 3 barbecue safety tips:
- Keep your grill away from structures. As a rule, you need to keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your home, including any carports, garages, overhangs, porches, and other buildings. It is also important to keep decorations away from the grill, as these could easily ignite.
- Monitor your grill continually. When using your grill, it is important to stay nearby and monitor it continually. You also need to keep a spray bottle of water and fire extinguisher within reach in case there is a flare-up. It is estimated that grill fires can grow to double their size every minute. Failure to monitor your grill could have devastating consequences if the fire gets out of control.
- Check for gas leaks before turning on your grill. Before using your grill, you need to check for gas leaks. To do this, you can mix some water and dish soap, and brush or spray this solution over the gas hose and connections. Then, turn on the gas and look for any bubbles. If bubbles appear, this means there is a gas leak. Turn off the gas and tighten the connections or replace the hose, and check once more to ensure the connections are secure.
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