Fire Up the Grill this Summer
When grilling up your next outdoor feast, play it safe!
As the weather is getting warmer, families are starting to enjoy the outdoors and cook over an open flame. It’s important to be prepared with the proper safety tools and knowledge to help decrease the possibility of grilling-related fires.
To prevent accidents before they happen, here are the top ten safe-grilling tips:
- Grill only in appropriate places; propane and charcoal BBQ grills must be only used outdoors. If used indoors, or in any enclosed spaces, they pose both a fire hazard and risk of exposing occupants to toxic gases, such as carbon monoxide.
- Know your grill by reading the owner’s manual. Each grill has a different set of precautions, so whether a novice griller or a pro, be familiar with the specific safety tips provided in the product manual.
- Position the grill well away from anything that can catch fire like siding, deck railing and overhanging branches.
- Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas and foot traffic.
- Declare a three-foot “safe zone” around the grill to help keep children and pets out of danger.
- Never leave a grill unattended. Fires can double in size every 30 seconds, and it’s during those precious seconds a grill fire can spread.
- Keep the grill clean by removing all grease or fat buildups from the grills and the trays below the grill.
- Use long-handled grilling tools to provide plenty of clearance from heat and flames when flipping burgers.
- Don’t grill under the influence. Indulge in the alcoholic beverages after dinner is done cooking.
- Turn off the gas tank and burners if you smell gas. If the leak immediately stops, get the grill serviced by a professional. If the smell continues, move away from the grill and call the fire department.
Providing grill-masters and backyard chefs with an easy-to-use solution, the First Alert Tundra Fire Extinguisher Spray features a familiar, lightweight spray-can design that covers a wider surface area and provides users with more control than conventional fire extinguishers. With no pins to unlock or levers to squeeze, Tundra is designed for users who might not feel comfortable operating a traditional fire extinguisher. To clean it up, simply wipe the area with a damp cloth.