Safety Tips for Barbecue Grills
The U.S. Fire Administration and Temple Fire & Rescue have released a number of safety guidelines for the upcoming holiday.
For all grills, it is important to never leave the grill unattended. Keep the grill ten feet away from a house and avoid overhanging branches. Maintain a three-foot "safe zone" around the grill where kids and pets are not allowed. Be sure to remove any buildup of fat or grease in the trays below the grill so they cannot be ignited.
When using a charcoal grill, use a proper starter fluid which is stored away from children and potential heat sources. Do not add starter fluid after coals have been ignited and do not use anything other than starter fluid to light the fire. When disposing of coals, empty them into a metal container with a tight lid and keep away from anything which can burn. Never place coals directly into a trash can or dumpster and do not dispose of coals until they are cool.
With a propane grill, check the cylinder hose for leaks before using. This can be done by applying a light soap and water solution to the hose. Propane can be identified by smell or by the presence of bubbles. If the grill has a leak, turn off the propane tank and grill and do not use again until it has been professionally serviced. Always follow manufacturer's instructions, do not store propane cylinders in buildings or garages, and light a propane grill only when the cover is open.
More information can be found at www.usfa.fema.gov.