Labor Day is almost here, and chances are you will be doing some grilling over the long weekend. Here are some grilling safety tips to keep you and your family safe.
Before you start grilling:
- Charcoal grills should be at least 15 feet from any building. Never use gasoline, alcohol or kerosene to start coals, and don't put more lighter fluid on coals once they are on fire, glowing or smoldering.
- Gas grills should be at least 3 feet from any building. Make sure all hose connections are tight and in good condition
- Grill only on a flat surface that can't catch fire
When done cooking:
- Soak coals with water. Close grill lid and any vents tightly.
- don't move grill or remove coals for 48 hours, unless you can safely move coals into a stainless steel pail.
- For gas grills, close the valve on the gas cylinder.
If your grill catches fire:
- Close the lid or shut off gas if you can get close enough without getting burned.
- Get completely away from the grill.
- Call the fire department.
Don't invite tragedy or financial ruin from legal liability. Follow these steps, and be sure you have Homeowners or Renters insurance to protect your home and neighbors.