Grilling Safety Tips

Memorial Day is just around the corner, which signals the unofficial kickoff to Summer! It also is the official kickoff to grilling season. Who doesn’t love cooking a few burgers, steaks, or hot dogs on the grill while spending time outside with friends and family?

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While grilling is a favorite pastime of many, it can also be dangerous if the proper precautions are not followed. After all, a grill is simply contained fire. If that fire isn’t handled properly, it can easily injures someone, or catch other things on fire. In fact, 27% of home structure fires involving grills started on a courtyard, terrace or patio, and 29% started on an exterior balcony or open porch, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Here are some safety tips when manning the grill.

  1. Only use grills outside
  2. Don’t put grills next to or under trees, under awnings, or near a structure.
  3. Prevent children and pets from getting near the grill. This will prevent them from getting burned, or accidentally knocking the grill over.
  4. Keep a source of water or fire extinguisher available in case the grill tips over or a spark lights something on fire.
  5. Regularly clean your grill to prevent buildup of grease. Grease fires are common and can be difficult to put out.
  6. Keep all starter fluid stored in a cool, safe location. Do not leave it open at any time and be sure to keep it away from any source of heat or fire.
  7. Do not use any starter method other than what is considered safe and approved for grilling.
  8. If using a propane grill, check for any cracks or bad connections by brushing soapy water over the hose and connections. If you see bubbles forming, there is likely a leak in that spot.
  9. Never leave a grill unattended.
  10. When disposing of charcoal, be sure it cools down completely. Only dispose of it in a metal container designed for charcoal disposal.

If you have been injured in a fire as a result of a grill accident and are interested in knowing what options you have, please contact me at 949-496-7000. We offer a free consultation to new clients and can help you answer any questions you have.