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Outdoor Grilling Safety Tips
76 percent of American households own a grill. 600 accidental fires and explosions every year due to improper usage, resulting in countless injuries and $4.9 million of estimated damage
Never use a grill indoors. Use the grill at least 25 feet away from your house or any building. Do not use the grill in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch or under a surface that can catch fire.
Never leave the grill unattended, especially when small children and pets are present.
Always place grill on firm, stable, flat surface -- never place on grass (AVOIDS TIP-OVERS!).
Be cautious of overhead obstructions, including tree branches, while grilling.
Keep a fire extinguisher handy when grilling and know how to properly use it (P.A.S.S.- Pull pin, Aim at base of fire, Squeeze handle, Sweep from side-to-side).
Always follow the manufacturers' instructions that accompany the grill.
Gas Grill Safety Tips
Check the tubes leading into the burner for any blockage from insects, spiders, or grease. Use a pipe cleaner or wire to clear blockage and push it thorough to the main part of the burner. Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.
Move gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot
grease. If you can't move the hoses, install a heat shield to protect them.
Check for gas leaks, following the manufacturers' instructions if you smell
gas or when you reconnect the grill to the propane tank. If you detect a leak,
immediately turn off the gas and don't attempt to light the grill again until
the leak is fixed.
Do not attempt to repair the tank valve or the appliance yourself.
Take it to your local home improvement store or a qualified appliance repair
Never keep a filled tank in a hot car or car trunk. Heat will cause the gas
pressure to increase. Which may open the relief valve and allow gas to escape.
Charcoal Grill Safety Tips
Charcoal should never be used indoors, even if ventilation is provided. Since charcoal produces carbon monoxide fumes, do not store the grill indoors until the charcoals is completely extinguished.
Be sure to place your grill on a flat, level surface so it won't tip over.
Never attempt to restart the flame by adding additional lighting fluid to an already lit grill.
Keep a spray bottle of water nearby to handle flare-ups while grilling.
Wait until the coals have completely cooled (may take a few hours) before disposing of them.
Remember, coals get HOT--up to 1000 degrees F. Use insulated, flame-retardant mitts when cooking or handling any part of the grill.
Also use long-handled barbecue tongs and utensils for safe handling of food and coals.
Never use gasoline or kerosene to light a charcoal fire. Both can cause an explosion
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