Avoid grilling accidents with these safety tips

Avoid grilling accidents with these safety tips

PINE BELT (WDAM) - Three out of every five homes have a grill, which means plenty of delicious meals. However, it could also mean an increased risk in fires.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2014, over 16,000 emergency room visits were from grilling incidents.

Although July is the peak month for grilling fires and accidents, these safety tips can reduce any potential accidents.

Before you grill: 

  • Make sure grills are not near homes, on decks, or near any railings.

Lighting the grill: 

  • Open the lid before turning on the grill
  • Turn on the propane tank after you open the lid
  • Once propane is on, turn on the knobs of the grill burner
  • Push ignition button (if you have one)
  • If the grill does not ignite, wait five minutes for the gas to dissipate before trying again

Turning off the grill:

  • To keep excess gas from leaking out, turn the gas tank off first
  • After the gas tank is off, then turn off the grill burners
  • CLEAN UP! A failure to clean the grill was the leading factor contributing to the fire in one –fifth of all grill structure fires, according to the NFPA. Not cleaning the grill also increased the risk of nearby items catching fire