6 BBQ Safety Tips
Grilling is an American favorite. But if you're not careful, it can be a fire hazard.
Read through these safety tips from the Home Safety Council:
- Designate the grilling area a "No Play Zone" - keep the kids and pets well away until grill equipment is completely cool.
- Stay by the grill and pay attention while you're cooking. This will help enforce the No Play Zone early on in the grilling season, too.
- Before cooking, position your grill at least 10 feet away from other objects, including the house and any shrubs or bushes.
- Only use starter fluid made for BBQ grills to start the coals in a charcoal grill.
- Before using a gas grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line to be sure it is working properly and not leaking. Never use a match to check for leaks. If you detect a leak, immediately turn off the gas and don’t attempt to light the grill again until the leak is fixed. Instead, rub the hose line with a dishwashing liquid and water solution. If you see any bubbles or detect a leak, immediately turn off the gas and don't attempt to light the grill again until the leak is fixed.
- Never bring a barbecue grill indoors or into any unventilated space. This is both a fire and carbon monoxide poisoning hazard.
WHN Reader Tip: Clean Up
Cleaning up after grilling? Don't put the coals in a paper or plastic bag. It's a major fire hazard - no matter how cool you think the coals are, they're not. I did this, the bag caught fire and nearly set my porch on fire.
- Reader requested his name not be used since he still lives in the apartment and wasn't caught.
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