Practice Safe Grilling

Grilling, a most beloved summer pastime, can make some of the best summer food. But it comes with plenty of risks, too.

Take this news story for instance: A family in Lawrence lost their home and narrowly escaped serious injury when their house became engulfed in flames by a grill that was too close to their porch.

Neighbors believe grease from the grill may have ignited and caused fire to spread from the grill to the porch and finally engulfed the entire home. The family of 4 were on the front porch when the propane tank exploded, prompting the quick reaction of neighbors to alarm the family to what was going on in the backyard.

So to make sure that this does not happen to you, here are some tips for a safe grilling season:

  • Use propane and charcoal grills outdoors only.
  • Place your grill at least 10 feet away from the home, deck and any branches or trees.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grilling area.
  • Remove grease and fat buildup to keep your grill clean.
  • Never leave any grill unattended.

Charcoal Grill Safety

  • Use only approved charcoal starter fluid and do not add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • Let coals cool completely after grilling before disposing in a metal container.

Propane Grill Safety

  • Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time every year by applying a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will cause bubbles to appear.
  • If your grill has a leak but there is no flame, turn the gas grill off, check to make sure the leak stops and get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
  • If your grill has a leak but the leak does not stop, call your local fire department.
  • If you ever smell gas while cooking, get away from the grill and call your local fire department. Do not attempt to move the grill.