Memorial Day weekend is almost here, and most of us are planning to celebrate the unofficial start to the summer by dusting off the grill and hosting a backyard barbeque. However, there are certain precautions that should be taken in order to keep your party from heating up, and not in a good way. US fire departments respond to 8,600 home fires involving grills or barbeques each year. Here are a few safety tips to keep the firemen from crashing your bash this Memorial Day.
Before you fire up the grill:
1. It’s been a long winter! Check your grill for cracks, leaks, or brittleness before using.
2. Make sure the grill is at least 10 feet from your home and away from railings and trees.
3. Before getting a propane cylinder filled, check it for damages.
1.Keep kids and pets away from the grill area.
2. Keep alcoholic beverages away from the grill, as alcohol is flammable.
3. Never leave the grill unattended.
4. Never pour starter fluid over an open flame.
5. Use long-handed barbeque tools and be careful if wearing loose-fitting clothing.
When you are finished grilling:
1. If using a charcoal grill, let the coals cool completely before disposing of them.
2. If using a propane grill, shut off the fuel at the grill and at the bottle.
3. Store your grill outdoors.
4. Follow the manufacturers’ instructions for proper cleaning and maintenance of your grill.
If a fire does break out:
1. For propane grills: turn off the burners and shut off the tank valve if it can be reached safely. If the fire involves the tank, step away from the grill and call the fire department.
2. For charcoal grills: close the grill lid.
3. For electric grills: disconnect the power.
*Never attempt to extinguish a grease fire with water. This will only cause the flames to spread. It’s a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher nearby in the event of a fire. However, if your personal safety or the safety of others is immediately threatened, always call the fire department for assistance!
From all of us on the Firefighter Fitness team, have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!