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Tips for Preventing House Fires While Grilling
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Tips for Preventing House Fires While Grilling

With summer in full swing, barbecues are a frequent pastime. However, despite their fun and seasonal nature, grills pose a massive risk for a house fire. Taking thorough safety precautions will help you prevent your home from catching fire. Here are some tips for grilling safely this summer.

Before You Grill

Prior to grilling, there are a few steps you can take to lower the risk of a fire. First, be sure to position your grill at least 10 feet away from your house, garage, trees, branches, or any other object. Next, remember to clean your grill and remove the grease between uses. In addition to lowering the risk of a fire, you’ll also improve the grill’s performance by thoroughly cleaning it.

After cleaning your grill, you will want to check the propane gas to ensure there are no leaks or signs of damage on the connector. You should also check to make sure there is water or a fire extinguisher nearby in case something does catch fire while you’re grilling.

While You Grill

When you finally get to turning on the grill, remember to keep the lid closed while you turn the gas. Because gas can become trapped under the lid, starting the grill may result in a large burst of fire that could cause an injury.

While your food is cooking, be sure to keep any pets and children far away from the area. Stay by your grill at all times to prevent a child from touching the grill and burning him or herself. Don’t overload your grill and cook too much food at once — this can increase your risk of fat dripping and starting a fire.

If possible, remember to use your grill in an open area. Avoid cooking while under a canopy or other structure.

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