How Can I Avoid Fires When Grilling?
Four Ways To Minimize The Chances Of a Barbeque Fire
When the sun comes out and the weather gets warmer, people like to fire up their barbeque. Unfortunately, more outdoor cooking means more chances for accidents, such as a grill fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, July has the most grill fires, followed by June and August. Here are four ways to minimize your chances of a barbeque fire in the backyard.
1. Keep Your Grill in a Safe Spot
Use grills and smokers outside and away from your home. The NFPA says that about 27% of barbeque fires happened on a porch, balcony or patio, and 8% started in a kitchen. Keep the equipment at least three feet away from any railings or landscaping, and make sure everyone, including pets, stays at least three feet away.
2. Clean Your Grill
Regularly clean off grease buildup to avoid a grill fire. While the barbeque is still warm, use a stiff wire brush dipped in water to scrub the grates. If you have a charcoal grill, clean out the ash after every use.
3. Check for Leaks
Before using your gas grill for the first time, check the hose for leaks. Lightly apply a solution of soap and water to the hose and then turn on the gas. Bubbles will appear where there are holes. You may also have leaks if you smell gas or can’t light the flame.
4. Wear the Right Clothing
Be sure clothing – such as sleeves and shirttails – doesn’t hang over the flames. Wear a heavy-duty apron and long oven mitts for protection.
Have a fire extinguisher handy in case you do have an accident. You can find other helpful tips at the Insurance Information Institute’s grilling safety page. Talk to your insurance agent if you find smoke damage from the grill fire. You may need to work with a fire damage repair specialist to restore your home in Downtown, NV.