Grilling Safety Tips for This Summer
Every summer season, as we fold up the winter wear and lock it up in our storage closets, there comes time for all things delicious. From chilled coolers to ice lollies under the hot sun, summertime is beloved to us all. Another great part of summers is the BBQs you can now have without the fear of rain ruining a perfectly good steak. But, you still need to be careful to prevent any accidental house fires or injuries. Here are some grilling safety tips from Eagle Security Solutions.
Top Grilling Safety Tips
1. Place the Grill 10 Feet Away from Your House
Gas and charcoal grills are meant for outdoor use only. However, even though people only use grills in their backyards, BBQ accidents are still a major cause of house fires and other damages. That is why your grill should be at least 10 feet away from the main house building, with further being even better. This also includes areas like the carports, porches, and your garage. Please note that grills shouldn’t be used near wooden overhands either. This is because the fire can always flare up and reach the structure above, resulting in a fire outbreak.
2. Check for Gas Leaks
Most people use propane to fire up their BBQ grills. That is why it is essential to check your gas line for any punctures, leaks, or other signs of damage. Do this by spreading a solution of equal parts liquid dish soap and water along the hose and turn the gas knob on. If you notice little bubbles forming near the cylinder valve, then you know there is a leak on the line.
Also, keep in mind that the smell of gas near your grill should never be taken lightly. It is a major indicator that you have a leak.
The best way to handle a leaking gas tank is by turning off the valve and calling experts to handle the gas leak.
3. Keep a Fire Extinguisher Nearby
And you should also know how to use it! In the event that a fire does break out, just point and spray from the nozzle to extinguish the fire. If you don’t own a fire extinguisher, it is best to invest in one. However, for the time being, you can get a bucket of sand and keep it next to the grill and simply dump it on the fire. Be sure never to use water for any grease fires.
4. Create a Grill Safety Zone
One of the most commonly overlooked summer tips when you’re having a BBQ is to create a wide perimeter around your grill. This perimeter should be at least 3 feet wide for maximum safety. Creating this perimeter ensures that children or pets can’t access this area and reduces accidents. Keep this area free of any fire hazards and flammable objects. This includes over mitts, aprons, or loose clothing.