The days are now long and warm and we find ourselves cooking our meals outside as often as possible. However, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that outdoor grills cause approximately 900 home structure fires and 3,500 home outdoor fires each year. So, invite your family and friends over for some good outdoor cooking, but be sure to implement these basic safety tips:
- Keep children and pets protected by declaring a 3 foot “safe zone” around the grill while cooking.
- Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in drip pans so it cannot be ignited by a hot grill.
- Use long-handled grilling tools to give yourself plenty of clearance from heat and flames when turning food.
- Never add starter fluid to coals once they have already been ignited.
- And finally, if you store your gas grill inside during the winter, be sure to disconnect the gas cylinder and leave it outside. Do not store gas tanks in your garage, as there is a risk of pressure buildup.
Understanding which type of grill is safer for your home will also help keep you protected when entertaining.
Everyone loves charcoal grills for the smoky flavor that their open flame provides, but this uncontained flame can be unpredictable and dangerous. Charcoal grills should not be used in small spaces like patios or decks, and they should be positioned away from deck railings, siding and out from under any hanging branches.
Gas grills are popular for their easily ignited, controlled flame and their ability to be placed safely in smaller outdoor spaces. Yet according to the NFPA, they actually cause the largest number of grill fires due to undetected leaks or breaks in the gas line. Be aware of this potential risk and test your grill each year before using it for the first time. To do this, apply a soapy water solution to the tip of the gas cylinder hose and watch for bubbles, indicating a leak.
Once you have determined which type of grill is better suited for your home, this American tradition can be enjoyed safely and securely. Learn more about fire safety and the benefits of investing in a fire alarm system by contacting ADS today!