Simple Safety Tips For Outdoor Grilling
Grilling can be a fun and relaxing way to prepare delicious meals during the warmer months. However, there are many dangers associated with grilling that, if not heeded, could cause severe injury or even death. Following these simple safety tips will help you have a safe grilling experience.
For Gas & Charcoal Grills
- Always grill outdoors.
- Keep your grill at least ten feet from your home.
- Make sure your grill is not near anything that could catch fire, such as an awning or pavilion.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- Remove buildup from the grill and from trays below the grill.
For Gas Grills
Gas grills use a highly flammable gas called liquid petroleum, or propane, as a heat source. To ensure your safety:
- If you smell gas while grilling, immediately check for a leak.
- If you detect a leak, turn off the grill and do not relight it until the leak is fixed.
- Keep lit cigarettes, matches or other flames away from a leaking grill.
For Charcoal Grills
When burned, charcoal gives off the compound Carbon Monoxide- a colorless, odorless gas that is toxic. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 30 people die and 100 are injured from carbon monoxide poisoning each year. For this reason:
- Never use a charcoal grill indoors or in a confined space where the gas can accumulate to dangerous levels.
- Do not store a grill indoors until the coals are removed, because the coals give off the gas until completely extinguished.
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