Fire Safety Tips- Grilling
It’s so exciting that Spring is here! The snow is going away, trees are budding, and songbirds are returning home. A common favorite during the warm months is to fire up the grill and enjoy some good barbecue in the backyard. Grilling burgers can be fun but there are important safety tips to keep in mind. Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association to keep in mind:
- Grill outdoors, away from any structures. Gas and charcoal grills are designed for outdoor use only. Pay attention to overhanging tree branches when you set up your grill.
- Make sure that your grill is stable. Grills should be set up on a flat surface where they won’t tip over or roll away.
- Keep your grill clean. Grease and fat can buildup after cooking. Be sure to regularly clean the grill and the tray. Also, give coals time to cool prior to disposing of them in a metal container.
- Use caution around the grill. Never leave a lit grill unattended. Keep pets and children away from the grill. Remember that a grill will remain hot for at least an hour after use and don’t ever try to move a hot or lit grill.
- Wear appropriate clothing and use caution while cooking. Loose apron strings and sleeves can catch fire.
- Be ready to extinguish the fire. Have baking soda on hand to put out grease fires and a fire extinguisher nearby for other fires.