Tis the season to cook outside — and to review fire safety.
“While grilling is an enjoyable seasonal outdoor activity, people need to be aware of its potential dangers,” says Joyce Cavanagh, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist in family and community health, Bryan-College Station.
Cavanagh says the most typical type of injury is a contact-type burn, which occurs when someone bumps into or touches a hot grill or coal: “A grilling accident can also cause external fires that can injure people and cause serious property damage.”
Fire Facts And Grilling Tips
– Set up the grill on a concrete surface or the ground where grass and vegetation in the area are trimmed and where no dry leaves, brush, mulch piles or other combustibles are nearby.
– Place the grill in an open area away from deck railings, eaves and overhanging branches or other potentially combustible surfaces.
– Check gas grills for leaks and making sure hose connections are tight.
– Set the grill at least 10 feet away from any building, and do not grill in a garage or under a carport or other surface that might catch fire.
– Keep young children and pets at least 3 feet from the grill.
– Remove any grease or fat buildup from the grill and/or in the trays below the grill.
– Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
– Never leave the grill unattended once the fire has been lit.
– Never move a hot grill.
– Keep a multipurpose fire extinguisher within easy reach.
– Use flame-retardant mitts and grilling tools with long handles instead of household forks or short-handled tongs.
– Let coals completely cool before disposing of them, and use a metal container for disposal.
Used by permission, from an article by Paul Schattenberg via AgriLife Today
Photography: (All images) courtesy nomadiQ