The weather is getting warmer and grills are coming out for backyard BBQ’s, pool parties, and fun summer festivities. As the family grill master, you pride yourself on the perfection of your skill. But in spite of your perfectly charcoal hot dogs and enticing bbq aroma, gas and charcoal grills account for an average of 10 deaths, 100 injuries and $40 million in property loss each year, according to the U.S Fire Administration.

Make sure to avoid grilling mishaps with these safety tips for a fun barbecue season:

  • Check your fuel line, burners and igniter connection. Make sure they are in good condition, with no cracks or leaks.
  • Do not let children and pets play near the grilling area when cooking.
  • Place your grill at least three feet away from other objects including your house, trees and outdoor seating.
  • Use starter fluid for barbecue grills that use charcoal only. Do not use starter fluid for gas grills.
  • Check to insure insects or other critters have not nested inside the grill.
  • Set up your grill in an open area, away from buildings and combustible materials.
  • Do not grill indoors.
  • Keep the grill in the shade. The sun increases the pressure in the tank, which can lead to leaks.
  • Pull your hair back and do not wear baggy clothes
  • Do not cover or store the grill until it has cooled down.

The fires or burns associated with grilling can be avoided with these helpful tips. For more information regarding the outdoor safety please contact us at 716.688.8888

Get grillin’ and enjoy the beautiful weather.