APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS AND GRILLING SEASON!
Barbecue season is here to stay and keeping the grill clean is just one safety issue to consider. Here are just a few tips we’ve compiled to keep you safe this grill season!
- The grill should be placed at least 10 feet away from your house. Farther is even better. Away from deck railings and away from overhanging branches. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- Clean your grill regularly. If you allow grease and fat to build up on your grill, they provide more fuel for a fire. Grease is a major source of flare ups. Keep the grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from grills and trays.
- Check for gas leaks. To check gas grills for leaks, spray connections with a soapy solution and look for bubbles. You can make sure no gas is leaking from your gas grill by making a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and rubbing it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on (with the grill lid open.) If the soap forms large bubbles, that’s a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough.
- Keep decorations away from your grill. Decorations like hanging baskets, pillows and umbrellas look pretty AND provide fuel for a fire.
- Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill.