The grilling season is upon us. From 2003 to 2006 U.S. fire departments responded to 7900 home fires involving home grills. One-third of these were due to the grill being used on a balcony or enclosed porch. These fires caused an annual average of 10 civilian fire deaths. In 2007, 18,600 people went to the emergency room due to injuries involving grills.
Prevention is the key to keeping yourself safe when using a grill.
- Inspect your gas grill prior to using it after its winter hiatus.
- If you have a gas grill inspect the gas line for cracks.
- Ensure the connections to the propane tank and the grill are secure and they seal correctly.
- Never use a grill in an enclosed area such as a garage or enclosed porch, keep grills at least 10 feet from any type of structure
- Ensure all grill parts and components are operating properly, such as handles, knobs, etc.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for operating and lighting gas grills.
- Do not allow gas on a gas grill to flow while the lid is down.
- Only use appropriate fluids for charcoal grills. NEVER use gasoline!
- Set a “safety zone” or “no play zone” around the grill area.
- Do not use a gas on charcoal grill on a balcony.
Taking just a few minutes to ensure your grill is in proper working order will allow you to enjoy the grilling season injury free.
For more information contact Captain James T. Ghi, Fire Prevention Specialist, St. Johns Fire and Rescue at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-296-8392.Tweet