Americans love to BBQ; and like baseball, grilling can be considered an American summer pastime. Grilling season peaks in the summer months with 75% of US adults actively BBQ-ing for holidays like Memorial Day, Father’s Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day. However; rain showers and snowstorms won’t stop us, 63% of Americans say they continue to grill year-round.
With the arrival of summer, more people than ever will be breaking out the gas and charcoal. If this includes you, remember to be cautious and never leave your grill unattended. A small grill fire could easily lead to a home in flames. On average 10,200 house fires are started by grills each year, which estimates to about a combined $37 million in property loss.
So, whether you are grilling for enjoyment, to host family and friends, or just for that savory flavor the summer, follow these simple grilling safety tips to help prevent a house fire:
1. Grill at least 10 feet from your home or garage
-The farther away from any structures or home decor the better
2. Do not grill under any overhangs or structures
-This includes branches, wires, carports, awnings, etc.
3. Do not leave your grill uncovered unattended
-It only takes one minute for a fire to double in size
4. Turn on your grill and light your gas right away
-Don’t wait, if the gas builds up it can cause an explosion
5. Make sure your grill is not leaking
-Test it! Spray your tank with soapy water, if the water bubbles, you’ve got a leak
6. Keep your grill clean
-Caked-on grease acts as fuel and will only make a fire stronger
7. Do not put too much food on at once
-Dripping fat will only make the flames stronger
8. Keep water or an extinguisher close by-
-If a small fire were to start, you can catch and extinguish it at the source
9. Never grill indoors
-A spark or flare up could easily catch something on fire, plus grills release carbon monoxide, which can be deadly
10. Let your grill completely cool off before moving or covering it
-Wait 2-3 hours after use and touch it with your hands, if it is still warm, then wait another 2-3 hours before moving or covering
One of a homeowner’s worst nightmares is a house fire, so remember to always use caution and common sense when you fire up the grill.
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