Grilling Safety Tips

By Mindy Longhurst

No one wants to be injured or harmed while grilling. However, over 16 thousand Americans are taken to the ER annually from grilling injuries. Below are some safety tips for how to grill safely this summer.

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Keep the grill outside

You must grill outside! Grilling inside is a huge fire hazard.

Keep the grill away from the house

If possible, the grill should be at least 10 feet away from the house. This will keep your house safer if there is an explosion.

After winter, make sure there is no leak

If you have a gas grill, check to make sure that there is no gas leak. You can make sure that there is no leak by creating soapy water and applying it on the outside of the wire where the bolts and wire meet. After you have done this, turn on the gas. If the soapy water is starting to bubble, this means that there is a gas leak in your grill. Checking for this will ensure safety for your family.

Keep children away from the grill

Having children at least three feet away from the grill will help keep them safe.

Never leave the grill unattended

Leaving the grill unattended can be dangerous if something does go wrong.

Cleanliness

After you have used your grill make sure to clean it every time. Cleaning the grill will ensure that there is no leftover bacteria on the grill. You can clean the grill by using a wire brush.

For more information about grilling safety, please visit https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/Grilling_safety_Tips.pdf and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpDhUssEgP0.

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