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Safety Tips for Summer Barbecues

Safety Tips for Summer Barbecues

It is estimated that more than 7,000 people are injured by grill fires each year in the United States. In order to educate the public, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has set forth guidelines for the proper use of a barbecue. Whether you are planning a Fourth of July celebration, or you simply want to grill some steak for dinner, it is important to follow these tips to avoid a grill fire.

Barbecue Safety Tips:

1. Keep the Grill 10 Feet Away from Structures

As a rule, you need to keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your home. This also includes carports, garages, porches, and overhangs. Decorations should also be kept far away from the grill. A flare up could easily ignite nearby objects, leading to a devastating fire.

2. Check for Gas Leaks

A simple method to check for leaks is to mix dish soap with some water, and apply this solution to the gas hose and connections. Turn the gas on, and watch for any bubbles to appear. If you see bubbles, this means there is a gas leak. Turn off the gas, tighten the connections or replace the hose, and check again to ensure there are no leaks before you start the grill.

3. Monitor the Grill

Grill fires can double in size every minute, and failing to monitor your grill could lead to devastating consequences. By the time you notice the flames, it may be too late. It is important to always monitor your grill so you can notice a dangerous situation and take immediate action.

4. Keep a Fire Extinguisher and Water Spray Bottle Handy

With a spray bottle of water close by, you can douse any flare ups while not harming your food. Furthermore, you need to keep a fire extinguisher within easy reach, and know how to use it properly. This can help prevent dangerous grill fires.

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