OUTDOOR GRILLING Safety Tips
“Memorial Day is the traditional launch of the summer barbecue season,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey, “Take a few minutes for safety and inspect grills for leaks and cracks, and teach children to stay three feet away from any grill in use.”
Check for Leaks
“Check to make sure all the connections are tight and secure before firing up the gas grill for the first time this season,” said Fire Marshal Ostroskey. “Using a brush, apply a soapy solution made of one part dish liquid and one part water to the tank connection. If the solution bubbles, you have a leak that needs repair,” said Ostroskey. He recommended checking for and replacing any cracked hoses.
·Read and follow the owner’s manual
·Always grill outdoors.
·Place grills away from the house and deck railings (about 10 feet). Make sure they are not under eaves, overhanging branches or against the side of the building.
·A gas or charcoal grill should not be used on any porch or balcony. Electric grills that have no open flame may be used.
·Gas grills can be used on first floor open decks or patios if there is an exterior stairway to the ground, or it is at ground level.
·Grills should never be used indoors or on fire escapes.
·Keep children and pets three feet away from the grill area. Create a circle of safety.
·Never leave a grill burning unattended.
·Keep the grill clean by removing grease or fat build-up from the grills and trays below the grill.
·If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
·If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait 15 minutes before relighting.
·Never use gasoline on any grill!
Grill Fire Facts
Ostroskey said, “Place grills well away from the exterior of the house to keep any grill fire from also igniting a building. Last year, many of the grill fires started when the grill was placed right up against an exterior wall.”