Sunday, May 26, 2013 | Posted by LAFD Media and Public Relations
The seasonal migration to decks, balconies and backyards is underway, as Americans fire up gas and charcoal grills. With an increase in outdoor recreation comes a spike in barbecue fires. To keep your family safe, the Los Angeles Fire Department and U.S. Fire Administration offer simple tips for outside cooking safety.
Use All Barbecue Grills Safely:
Never leave a barbecue grill unattended.
Place the grill away from siding, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas and foot traffic.
Keep children and pets away from the grill. Have a 3-foot “kid-free zone”.
Use long-handled grilling tools to give yourself clearance from heat and flames.
Keep the grill clean. Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below.