Grill Safety to Grill Smart
If the weather didn't give it away, we've got a spoiler alert for you: as of June 20, it's officially summer, which means plenty of sun-filled days by the pool as well as by the grill. But be careful -
Why are we telling you this now? The National Fire Protection Association reports that July is the peak month for grill fires, accounting for 17% of structure, outdoor, and unclassified fires.
Grill Safety: AdvantaClean Tips and How To's
There are grill safety guidelines you can follow to help ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and your property.
For gas grill safety:
- Conduct a thorough inspection of the grill before cooking for the first time each year.
- Check the major connection points between the gas tank hose and the regulator and cylinder as well as where the hose connects to the burners.
- Check the gas tank hose for leaks by applying a soap solution to the hose and turning the propane tank on - if gas is escaping, the propane should release bubbles at the leaking points.
- Clean the grill regularly, as grease can build up over time and cause flare-ups.
For charcoal grill safety:
- Only use lighter fluid specifically designed for grilling, not gasoline or other flammable liquids.
- Never add lighter fluid once the fire has started.
- When you're finished grilling, let the coals cool completely before disposing in a metal container.
For the grilling area safety:
- Declare a child- and pet-free zone around the grill to avoid accidents or injuries.
- Operate the grill on a level service, away from a home or deck; and make sure it is not located underneath eaves or tree branches.
- Never grill in enclosed areas.
- Keep a spray bottle of water handy for flare-ups.
- Have a fire extinguisher nearby, and know how to use it.
Did You Know?
In addition to grilling-related accidents, another leading cause of home fires is the dryer vent. FEMA reports that an estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires occur every year, resulting in death, injury, and $35 million in property loss. To help keep your family safe from a dryer vent fire, clean the lint screen before or after drying each load of clothes, schedule a dryer vent cleaning with a professional once every year, keep the area around your dryer clean and free of clutter, and do not leave dried clothes in the dryer.
More info? For more tips related to home safety, check out one of our other posts, June is National Home Safety Month!
Call 877-800-2382 to schedule a dryer vent cleaning with AdvantaClean today!