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Basic Grill Safety Can Prevent Fires

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

Grilling salmon on a gas burning grill on the backyard patio. Don't become another grill fire statistic and learn to use your grill responsibly

Basic Grill Safety Can Prevent Fires

70% of households in West Boca Raton, FL own a grill or smoker, and if they aren't used properly they can be a major source of house fires. Knowing how to operate both charcoal and propane grills in a safe manner can save you a lot of damage and heartache in the future. You can avoid a grill fire by following some common sense practices.

General Tips

To keep a barbeque fire from occurring there are some basic suggestions made by the National Fire Protection Association to keep in mind when operating any kind of grill. Consider the following if you want to not end up calling the fire damage remediation company:

  • Keep your grill outside, at least 10 feet away from the home.
  • Never leave your grill unattended while lit.
  • Keep your grill clean of grease and residue.

Charcoal Grill

One of the most vulnerable moments in grilling is during the lighting process. There are many ways to go about lighting a charcoal grill. If you use fluid, be sure only to use charcoal starter fluid, and keep it out of range of the grill when not in use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to use newspaper or kindling as fuel, so they are a bit safer. Electric charcoal starters don't use fire to get the charcoal lit, but be sure to use an extension cord to use them outside to avoid a grill fire.

Gas Grill

Propane tanks are a bit more dangerous than charcoal. First, you will want to make sure to check all of your connections from the propane tank to your grill to be sure that they are tight. You should also periodically check your propane hose for leaks using the bubble technique. If you smell gas while grilling, turn off the propane and move away from the grill. If it persists, call the fire department before you end up with smoke damage.
About 9,600 fires are started by grills annually, gas grills being the majority of them. Don't become another grill fire statistic and learn to use your grill responsibly. You can spread the word at your next barbecue!

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