Fire in the Grill: An Expert's Tips on Preventing Fires This Summer
Jun 27, 2016 05:52PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger
By Wes Jones
Fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers, the smell of a fresh manicured lawn, is a welcome sight at the family cookout.
Three out of five households own a gas grill (NFPA), which translates to a lot of tasty meals. But fire anywhere else can make your summer kick-off barbeque memorable for all the wrong reasons.
To keep your family safe while grilling, follow these general guidelines:
- Propane and (charcoal) BBQ grills should only be used outside.
- The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep children and pets away from the grilling area.
- Clean grill by removing grease or fat buildup.
- Check connections between tank, hose and regulator.
- Use a Charcoal starter chimney instead of starter fluid, it allows you to use newspaper as a starter.
- If starter fluid is used, only use the recommended starter fluid.
- Keep starter fluid away from children and other heat sources.
Yard Safety Tips
For some, mowing the yard can be therapeutic; others may not enjoy mowing at all.
Here are a few things to think about:
- Make sure mower has cooled down before placing back in shed or garage.
- Gas cans for portable equipment should be stored in a separate location, or in a metal fire cabinet.
- Most lawn mower injuries can be prevented if you concentrate on your task and use common sense.
With warm weather and family events, the Fourth of July can be a fun time with great memories. Most, are unaware that it is illegal to discharge fireworks in Mansfield. Sparklers included, they caused 41% of firework injuries in 2013 (NFPA). The good news is your family can enjoy your holiday and the fireworks. with just a few tips.
Some tips about fireworks:
- Leave fireworks to the professionals. Do not use consumer fireworks.
- The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a Public display.
- If a child sees or finds fireworks, tell an adult, never pick them up.
Summertime is a great time to be outside. No matter what your favorite summer pastime is, make sure you are prepared to handle whatever unexpected things come your way.