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Safety Message from the Chief: Grill Safety Tips

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Fire in the grill, under the hot dogs and burgers, is a welcome sight at a family cookout. But fire anywhere else can make your backyard barbecue memorable for all the wrong reasons. July is the peak month for grill fires followed closely by June and August, so now is the time to review some grilling safety tips;

-Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors. Grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
-Keep children and pets away from the grill area. Children under five accounted for 39% of the contact-type burns per year. These burns typically occurred when a child, bumped into, touched or fell on the grill, grill part or hot coals.
-Keep it clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in tray below the grill surface. Nearly 1 in 5 grill fires start because of a dirty grill.
-NEVER leave your grill unattended when in use.
-Use long handled grilling utensils to prevent getting burned.

Charcoal Grills
-If you use lighter fluid, use only fluid designated for charcoal. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids once the fire has started.
-Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
-When you are finished grilling, let the coals cool completely before disposing of the used coals in a metal container.

Propane Grills
-Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles.
-If you realize either by smell or with the bubble test that your grill has a gas leak, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
-If you have a leak, and you cannot turn the gas off, call the fire department.
-If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. DO NOT MOVE THE GRILL.

Following these grill safety tips and having the right protection will help you and your family enjoy a safe grilling season all summer long.




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