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A Summer Grilling Safety Recipe
Did you know that Americans prepare about 3 BILLION meals on grills each year? From 2005-2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8,200 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues per year, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Five out of six home grill fires involve a gas grill and the leading contributing factor was a leak or break in hoses or other equipment. That’s why UL, a global independent safety science company, is sharing simple, yet critical, guidelines to help prevent potential summer tragedies:
PREPARE FOR SAFETY FIRST
- Position your grill a safe distance from your house or any building (if possible).
- Never use a grill in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, under an awning or overhang that might catch fire.
- Always have a spray bottle and a fire extinguisher handy
- Check the hoses on your gas grill for any cracking and brittleness to address potential leaks
- Drip soapy water over the hoses and around the fittings. Any bubbles forming means there is a propane leak
- Never start a gas grill with the lid closed
- Never use gasoline or kerosene to light a charcoal fire. Both can cause an explosion.
- Dispose of charcoal away from kids and pets, and cool it down with a hose. Coals get HOT – up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Have a designated area for dumping hot coals and cool down with a hose.
SAFETY WHILE COOKING
- Never leave the grill unattended, especially when young children or pets are nearby.
- Never attempt to restart a fire by adding additional lighting fluid to an already-lit grill, as this can cause a flare-up.
- Keep kids, pets and bare hands away from the grill.
- Use insulated, flame retardant mitts and long-handled barbeque tongs and utensil when grilling.