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Grilling Safety Tips

Grilling Safety Tips

Are you itching to pull the cover off your grill and fire it up now that warmer temperatures are here? Before you heat up the grill, remember to keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Never use propane or charcoal grills inside of homes, vehicles, tents or campers. If used inside, deadly carbon monoxide gas may build up.
  • The grill should be placed away from houses, fences, decks, trees or bushes. 
  • Keep your grill stable. Be sure all parts are firmly in place and that the grill can’t be tipped over.
  • Keep your grill clean. Remove grease or fat buildup by cleaning with a grill brush.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open when you light the grill.
  • Keep children and pets at least five feet away from the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended. It only takes a minute away from your grilling station for something to go terribly wrong.
  • Use long-handle utensils to help avoid burns and splatters.
  • Wear safe clothing. Don’t wear loose or baggy clothing that could easily catch fire.
  • Use a thick flame-retardant mitt when adjusting hot vents.
  • Be ready to put out flames. Use baking soda to control a grease fire and have a fire extinguisher handy. If you don’t have one, keep a bucket of sand or a garden hose nearby.
  • Don’t move a hot grill. It’s easy to stumble or drop it, and serious burns could result.

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