Enjoy the last days of summer with a good barbecue cookout at home. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, grilling at home also means an increased risk of home fires and injuries. Children under five accounted for an average of 1,600 or one-third (35%) of the 4,500 thermal non-fire grill burns. These burns typically occurred when someone, often a child, bumped into, touched or fell on the grill, grill part or hot coals. Gas or charcoal grills are frequently involved in home fires every year. Follow these simple safety tips to avoid burn injuries when grilling:
• Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
• The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
• Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
• Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
• Never leave your grill unattended.
• Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
• Check the major connection points between the gas (propane) tank hose, the regulator, cylinder, and where the hose connects to the burners. Tighten if loose.
• If you’re using a propane grill and smell gas while cooking, get away immediately from the grill and call the Fire Department.
• If the flame goes out on a propane grill while grilling, turn the dials off and the propane tank off and wait at least five minutes before re-lighting.
• When you are finished using a charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
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