Flipping a row of burger patties on a barbecue grill is one of life’s pleasures. But there is danger lingering in those glowing sparks, and the potential hazard is worse than a few burnt cheeseburgers. With summertime approaching, it’s essential to think about grill safety practices. Follow our grill safety tips to keep your home and family safe.
Charcoal Grill Safety Tips
When you burn charcoal, carbon monoxide (CO) is released. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, unscented gas that is dangerous in closed areas.
- Charcoal should never be burnt indoors; even there is ventilation.
- Never put away a grill indoors with coals you have just burned. This is because charcoal releases CO until charcoal is put out.
- Avoid using gasoline when starting a charcoal fire. Instead, use approved charcoal lighter fluid.
- Close the starter fluid immediately after using it and put it away safely from the grill.
- A common mistake is not initially using enough starter fluid, then starting a potential fire or explosion by adding more liquid to the hot coals.
- After grilling, dump the warm coals in a secluded area in your yard to avoid anyone from accidentally stepping on them.
Gas Grill Safety Tips
Gas grills also carry a risk because the liquid petroleum (LP) gas or propane is highly flammable. Most injuries occur because a grill is not often used or after replenishing and reattaching the gas container on the grill. Here are grill safety tips for gas or LP grills:
- Maintain your grill at least 10 feet away from your home. Never use a grill indoors.
- Regularly clean your grill. Minor fires happen when grills have caked on burnt fat.
- Always check for gas leaks.
- Light your gas grill when the lid is open. When the lid is shut, the gas builds up inside your grill.
- Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Learn how to use it properly.
Never leave your grill unattended because it can lead to burnt food or worse. Ensure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions that accompany your grill. Practice grill safety and prevention by preparing the side dishes for delicious meats and vegetables.
Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection
If you want to ensure your home and business are safe throughout the year, trust Judd Fire Protection, LLC. We have over two decades of experience designing, installing, inspecting, and repairing residential and commercial fire protection systems. We serve clients throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia. If you are interested in finding out more about our services and protecting your home and business, give us a call at 410-871-3480