Yes, yes, you’ve heard these many times before, but don’t stop reading just yet. Even if you’re acutely aware of all safety precautions for outside grilling, it never hurts to be reminded once again. And who knows? You may just learn something new to protect yourself and your family.
- In 2012, 16,900 patients went to emergency rooms because of injuries involving grills.
- One of every six (16%) home structure fires in which grills were involved in ignition, something that could catch fire was too close to the grill.
- Overall, leaks or breaks were factors in one of every five reported grill fires.
- Gas grills contribute to a higher number of home fires overall than their charcoal counterparts.
The Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association (HBPA) urges grillers to research and be familiar with the different types of fuel used for outdoor grilling. Each type—propane, briquettes, or pellets--has individual characteristics (and dangers) you should be aware of.
This week I’ll concentrate on charcoal grilling precautions. Propane hints will come next week.
- Grills should always be used outside, in a well ventilated area stationed away from the home, deck railings, and any low hanging tree branches or plants.
- Never leave the grill unattended, especially if you have children and pets.
- Keep the grill clean by removing grease and fat buildup ( a wire brush or balled up aluminum foil will do the trick). You should also clean or replace any trays that sit below the grill and collect food waste.
- Bring a grilling session to an end by wearing heatproof mitts, removing the grill rack, covering the grill with the lid, and sealing off any vents to cut off the oxygen supply. Let the coals burn out for up to 48 hours before preparing for disposal. Note: In rare cases, ashes can reignite up to 72 hours after the grilling is done.
- If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. Check out thi before you even begin the grilling process.
- Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
- There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord designed for outdoor use.
Outdoor charcoal grilling, if done carefully and correctly, is one of summer’s delight. Enjoy!!!
Information courtesy of South Metro Realtor Jeff Scislow!