Group offers grilling tips

Published on Thu, Jun 3, 2010
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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding outdoor cooks not to forget about grill fire safety as the peak months for grill fires arrive.

NFPA offers the following grill safety tips:

• Use propane and charcoal grills in outdoor areas only.
• Make sure the grill is located well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
• Keep children and pets away from the grill area: declare a three foot “kid-free zone” around the grill.
• Use long-handled grilling tools to give plenty of clearance from flames.
• Remove grease or fat build up from the grills and in trays below the grill so it cannot ignite.
• Never leave the grill unattended.
Gas grills
• Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year by applying a light soap and water solution to the hose.  If there is a propane leak, it will release bubbles.  If you do find a leak and there is no flame, do the following:
• Turn off the gas tank and grill.
• If the leak stops, have the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.

For more safety tips, visit www.nfpa.org/grilling.