Fire Safety Tips
Barbecue Safety Tips
Grills should always be used by an adult and monitored at all times. Unattended grills used in a hazardous location can lead to a serious fire. The following tips will help ensure a safe barbecuing season.
* Propane is heavier than air. Leaking propane will seek a low point. Store propane cylinders away from the house and all door and window openings. Never store propane inside a structure or in direct sunlight. A leaking cylinder should be moved to an open space area.
* If a propane cylinder is involved in fire call 911 immediately and evacuate the area. Flame impingement on the vapor space of the tank may result in an explosion.
* If you smell propane immediately shut off the valve on the cylinder and recheck connections before using. A soapy water solution sprayed onto the connections is an effective way to check for leaks.
*Never use a barbecue grill while it is up against the house or deck. A fire on the grill can rapidly communicate to the house. This is extremely important with vinyl sided homes. Vinyl siding melts and burns rapidly. Vinyl sided houses can catch fire even if the grill is not against the house. A minimum of 10' from a deck or house is recommended.
* Ensure that installation, piping and placement of a natural gas grills comply with all codes and standards and the proper permits were issued for the safe installation of the grill.
* Keep area free of debris, children and pets to help prevent accidents.
* Check for leaks. A soapy water solution works well as a tool to detect leaks. If a leak is found turn gas supply off and notify a qualified service person to make repairs.
* If a leak can not be stopped or a fire occurs call 911 immediately for assistance.
* Keep grill clean at all times to prevent flair ups.
* Never light the grill with the cover closed as the build up of gas may explode.
* Always ensure that the grill is off when finished cooking.
* Charcoal grills should never be used on decks or near structures.
* Only use approved charcoal and grill lighter fluids.
* Make sure all coals are cool before disposal.
* Only store ashes in metal containers and do not store in combustible bags or boxes. Do not store ashes in or against a structure. Do not dispose of ashes with regular household garbage.
* Basic safety precautions should be used when operating this or any electrical appliance.
* Never immerse or expose cords, plug, or heating element in water or other liquid.
* Visually inspect cord, plug, and all connections for damage and wear before operation. Replace or repair prior to operation.
* Before plugging or unplugging an electric grill, turn control knob(s) to OFF position.
* Unplug electric grill from outlet when not in use and before cleaning.
* Electrical cords should always be secured during operation to protect against product damage or personal injury.
* To prevent risk of shock, electric grill should be connected to a ground fault interrupter (GFI) outlet in accordance with local codes.
* Do not use an electric grill in the rain.
* Do not use an electric grill near combustible or flammable materials.
* Keep your wood pellets dry and do not use your grill or smoker in the rain.
* Be sure to check on your grill or smoker every once in awhile during use to ensure proper operation.
* Make sure not to expose cords to water or other liquid and visually inspect them for damage and wear before you start grilling or smoking.
* Use only in a properly ventilated area with the grill chimney open.
* Remember to always unplug the grill after use and all to cool down completely.
* Make sure electrical cords are secured and connected to a ground fault interrupter while using the grill.