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Grilling Tips from Fire Departments

- Thursday, August 09, 2012

As summer heats up, and school quickly approaches, more and more south shore residents are lighting up their grills. And what a welcome sight a grill full of food is.

Unfortunately, unsafe grilling can have hazardous results. In a recent press release, three North Shore fire departments shared some safe grilling tips.

The following are reminders and grilling safety tips for barbecue BBQ's.

  • Propane and charcoal 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 away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease build-up from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Never store a filled propane tank indoors.
  • Always light a propane gas barbecue with the lid open.
  • 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. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a leak, turn off the gas tank and the grill. Get the grill professionally serviced. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.
  • There are several ways to get a charcoal grill ready to use. A charcoal chimney allows you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • When you are finished grilling, always let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container