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BBQ Grill Fire Safety Tips

BBQ Grill Fire Safety Tips

The outdoor cookout season is in full swing now that summer is upon us. Listed here are a few helpful hints in making your outdoor barbeque a fire safe event.

Propane Gas Grills

  • Before each use, check hoses for signs of wear and      tear, and that the connection to the tank is tight.
  • Remove excess grease buildup from the unit, to prevent      flare ups.
  • Periodically check the inside gas tubes for the buildup      of spider webs that can cause blockage, causing gas to backflow into the      control valves, where it could potentially ignite.
  • An orange flame is in an indication that there is an      obstruction in the gas tubes that lead to the burners. Flame should be      blue in color.
  • When igniting the grille, make sure the lid or cover is      in the open position.
  • Never leave the unit unattended while cooking, and keep      children at a safe distance.
  • Always shut the tank off after each use.
  • If the unit catches fire, do not attempt to extinguish      it, especially if propane is burning freely. CALL THE FIRE DEPT. Propane      will reignite with explosive force.
  • Proper location and placement of the unit is very      important. Keep the unit away from the sides or back of your home, as well      as open windows. If fire occurs, it will spread to the building.
  • Use common sense and read the manufacturers directions.     

Charcoal Grills

  • Careful use of charcoal starter fluid is very      important. Follow the direction on the can and never apply additional      fluid once the fire has been ignited.
  • The use of an electric starter or paper is an alternate      method, and pre-treated charcoal should also be used.
  • Place all ashes in metal cans.

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