Outdoor Fire and Grill Tips
It’s GRILLING season. As everyone starts enjoying the weather, people use outdoor grills – and incidents of grill-caused fires go up. Outdoor grilling causes an annual average of 10,200 home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. That statistic goes up every single year!
Gas grills cause more home fires than charcoal grills. Gas grills cause more fires mainly because 64% of households own a gas grill, 44% own a charcoal grill and 9% own an electric grill.
Fires can spring up from any type of grill, so we’ve got a helpful tip list for you.
Always Use your Grill Outside
Charcoal and gas grills are designed for outdoor use only. Not only could a fire spring up in your home, avoid grilling in your garage, on your patio, or under anything that is flammable.
Maintain your grill
Making sure everything is secure and undamaged when you take your grill out of storage. Check for rust on the structure and make sure all nuts and bolts are tight. Gas grills should be checked for leaks by using the “Soapy Water” technique.
A really good deep cleaning of the grill to start off the season is advised, and after each use make sure to wipe down and remove any build up or grease.
WATCH your grill
Never ever leave your grill unattended
Be ready to put out the fire
It’s always advisable to have a fire extinguisher nearby, and baking soda on hand for a grease fire. A bucket of sand will also do well to quell any fire.