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?
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.
- Only use grills outside
- Don’t put grills next to or under trees, under awnings, or near a structure.
- Prevent children and pets from getting near the grill. This will prevent them from getting burned, or accidentally knocking the grill over.
- Keep a source of water or fire extinguisher available in case the grill tips over or a spark lights something on fire.
- Regularly clean your grill to prevent buildup of grease. Grease fires are common and can be difficult to put out.
- 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.
- Do not use any starter method other than what is considered safe and approved for grilling.
- 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.
- Never leave a grill unattended.
- 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.