Grilling safety tips from NPFD

Faith Castro
May 28, 2017

They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. If any "bubbling" appears, have the grill serviced by a certified technician. Have your grill checked by a professional. If there is a gas leak, the propane will release bubbles around the hose (big enough to see).

Check the gas (propane) tank hose for the potential (gas) leaks by completing the following steps.

The Norwalk Fire Department offers some fire safety tips to help everyone have a great weekend.

If it's the first time using your grill this year, Chief Matthews recommends cleaning the surface and the pan to make sure there's no grease remaining from last year, and checking for any animal friends that could have made the grill a home over the winter.

While lighting the grill, keep children at least 10 feet away.

During barbecue season, it's best to remove grease or fat buildup in trays and traps below the grill to avoid grease fires.

Open the gas grill lid before you light it.

If using starter fluid for a charcoal grill, use only charcoal starter fluid, and never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid to the fire.

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Children and pets should be at least 3 feet away from the grill area.

If your charcoal grill has an electric starter, use an extension cord.

If you have a gas grill, check hoses to make sure there is no leak.

If you use a gas grill, check the gas tank and hose for leaks before using it the first time each year. "Do not move the grill", Director Flinn said. This Old House suggests to turn the burners on high for five minutes and turn them off. "But doing so can result in injury or a fire, which can damage or even destroy your home, and along with it valuable possessions, even irreplaceable family mementos". "You might be grilling a hamburger or steak and that metal can get caught in your meat and you can swallow it and end up having to go to the emergency room".

A grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard.

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when using grills.

The National Fire Protection Association urges grillers to be particularly mindful of cooking safety as most grill fires occur in the summer months.

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