5 Ways to Prevent Grill Fires
Is there anything better than barbecuing outside in the summer? If you’re like us, grilling is one of your favorite warm weather activities. While you’re enjoying the time with family and friends, it’s important to be mindful of potential fire hazards caused by a grill. Follow these few simple fire safety guidelines to prevent a fire from occurring at your home this summer.
Keep the grill outside. This may seem like an obvious one, but grills should only be used outside in an area with proper ventilation. Avoid using your grills in places like garages, covered decks, screened in patios, or any area where there is a roof located above. They should also be kept at a safe distance from the house to prevent flare ups from reaching the exterior of your home.
Don’t take your eye off of it. When your grill is in use, don’t abandon it. Grills can be knocked over or an unexpected flareup could occur, causing the surrounding area to catch fire. Make sure the grill is always supervised whenever it is in use.
Regularly clean it. We use our grill often in the summers, and it’s important to regularly clean it to prevent grease flareups. Grease and fat can stick to the grill and harden over time. These pieces can easily be scraped off using a proper grill cleaner. Just make sure to wait until the drill cools down first.
Trim Excess Fat. While we enjoy some fat in our foods for flavor, too much excess fat on the meat could cause a flare up. Make sure to trim any excess fat off of your meat before putting it on the grill.
Inspect it closely. If you are using a propane or gas grill, it’s important to inspect it before using it. Look for any signs of holes and potential problems in the hose. This could signal that there’s a leak. A gas leak next to a flame can cause serious problems and start a big fire.
Make sure to follow these guidelines every time you fire up your grill to ensure the safety of your family, your friends, yourself, and your home.