Tips for Safe Grilling

The sun is shining, birds are singing, and the smell of food sizzling away on a hot grill fills the air. Yup, people are grilling all around you – maybe you’ve got a gas grill fire going yourself. But then, again, would you be reading this blog while cooking? Probably not!

Anyway, backyard grilling is one of the great American pass times all by itself. As in, you don’t need to be tailgating to fully enjoy the experience. And yet, with grilling comes a certain amount of risk. Backyard or on-deck grilling is responsible for thousands of fires each year, many of which can be prevented with a few simple yet effective precautions.

So, whether you prefer charcoal or gas, keep those fires burning safely by adhering to the following:  

  • Get your grill ready for the season by inspecting it thoroughly for damaged grates and vents, loose or corroded hoses and couplings, and rusted propane tanks. Also, check it periodically as damage can occur at any time.
  • Make sure the grill is positioned on a flat, stable surface at least 10 feet away from overhangs, buildings, deck railings, or other structures that could catch fire.
  • Clean the grill often to remove grease and fat build-up from grates and trays. Dispose of hot coals and ashes properly by dousing with water while stirring to ensure the fire is out completely. Then place the residue in a metal container, cover with a lid, and wait a few days before disposing.
  • Do not wear loose, flowy clothing while grilling, and use long-handled grilling tools and heat-resistant oven mitts to reduce the chance of getting burned.
  • Never pour flammable liquids onto a lit grill. If you have a charcoal grill, use only approved lighter fluid to light the charcoal.
  • Never leave a lit grill unattended and keep young children and pets a safe distance away to avoid injury.
  • If your grill should catch fire, close the lid immediately – that alone is often enough to smother the flames. Turn off the burners on a gas grill, and if you can do so safely, the propane tank as well. If the fire cannot be easily extinguished with the above methods or a fire extinguisher, call 9-1-1 from a safe distance.

Most people in the Inland Empire have a gas grill if they have a grill at all. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the gas line is in a good state of repair – or, maybe you’d like to relocate it as part of some overall property remodeling. That’s where Plumbtastic comes in – gas line repair, installation, or relocation for all residential properties. We are licensed plumbers and gasfitters, so you know the job will be done correctly and safely.  Happy grilling!

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