With the Fourth of July being the kickoff for the summer cookout season, it should be no surprise that July is National Grilling Month. The warm weather calls for hamburgers and hotdogs, and a number of other tasty foods you can throw on the grill!
But not only is July National Grilling Month, it’s also a peak month for grill fires. To ensure that your grill is safe this month and for the rest of the summer, here are a few things you should know about grills.
Propane & Gas Grills
One of the biggest hazards associated with propane and gas grills is that the line connected to the grill can break or leak, which can result in a fire. It can be easy to forget to turn off the gas tank, which can lead to gas slowly leaking out. It can also be a hazard to start up the grill if the gas tank is on but the flame does not ignite.
Charcoal grills are generally safer than propane and gas grills but can also be the cause of a fire when items are left too close to the grill and can catch fire, or if the proper starter fluid wasn’t purchased.
You can avoid fires by following these safety tips!
Clean your grill prior to usage
Grease, fat, and other potential combustibles can accumulate on the grill, and if you’re not keeping it clean, little crumbs that are out of sight can easily cause a fire. Keep your grill clean by removing grease buildup before and after use.
Pro tip! You can use the edge of a metal spatula to scrape away large bits of food, and use a stiff wire brush to scrub the rest.
Keep the grill outdoors
Most grills are for outdoor use only, especially for charcoal and propane grills. Grills come in all sizes, so pick one that’s the best and the safest for your home. Your grill should be kept and stored away from your house, deck railings, and from overhanging branches.
Never leave your grill unattended
While grilling is simple, it does require constant attention, from making sure the food is thoroughly cooked to making sure your dog is not running underneath the grill.
Once you start putting food on the grill, monitor your food until it’s ready to be served. Along with keeping an eye on your food, it’s also important to keep your little ones and pets away from grills to avoid accidents. A safe distance is at least three feet away from the grill.
If you smell gas, call 911
When using gas and propane grills, make sure the connections are good and there are no leaks. If you’re using a propane grill and you smell gas, turn the burners off immediately and call 911.
Burn Treatment at Synergy Immediate Care
Minor burn from the grill? You should seek treatment at Synergy Immediate Care if your burn:
- Becomes painful or smelly
- Has a waxy, white-colored appearance
- Has a dark-brown appearance
- Causes a raised, leathery texture