According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an agency under the United States Department of Homeland Security, there are nearly 6,000 grill fires on residential properties each year. These cause more than 100 injuries, 10 fatalities, and nearly $40 million in property damage annually. In order to increase your safety while barbecuing, there are several steps you can take to reduce the risk of a grill fire.
You need to:
- Keep your grill away from any structures. It is important to keep your barbecue at least 10 feet away from your home. This also includes garages, carports, porches, and overhead structures. A sudden flare up could ignite nearby decorations and buildings, putting you at risk for a fire.
- Monitor your grill at all times. A fire can double in size every minute. If you put food on the grill and leave for even a few minutes, you could return to an out-of-control blaze. You should always stay with your grill while cooking, and have a spray bottle of water and a fire extinguisher within easy reach in case there is a flare up.
- Check for a gas leak before using your grill. Before you light your grill, you need to check for a gas leak. One simple way to do this is to make a soapy water solution with some dish soap, and spray it or brush it onto your gas hose and connections. Then, turn on the gas and watch for any bubbles to appear. If there are bubbles, this means there is a leak. Turn off the gas and tighten any connections or replace the hose if it has become cracked.
Furthermore, it is important to always turn on your grill with the lid open, and to avoid using a grill indoors. By following these safety tips, you can enjoy a fun and safe time with friends and family this summer. Whether you are using a gas or charcoal grill, it is important to follow these simple steps to prevent a dangerous grill fire.
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