New Canaan Fire Marshal Issues Grilling Safety Tips

At the first signs of warm weather, many folks head directly to their barbecue grill to start that greatest of summertime traditions, grilling. (Or, if you are like me it never stops). To ensure everyone can enjoy their backyard bistros unencumbered by unfortunate mishaps, following is a list of steps you can take to avoid being “well done”:

  • Fire Marshal Fred Baker. Credit: Michael Dinan

    Make sure that your grill is serviced and cleaned annually, following manufacturers instructions for care and use.

  • Leak check all hoses and fittings on gas grill with a dish detergent and water solution.  If any “bubbling” appears, have the grill serviced by a certified technician.
  • Whenever changing propane tanks make sure all connections are tight.
  • When transporting propane tanks for refilling/exchange they must be secured upright.  An old milk crate works great to stabilize tanks for transport.  Never transport in trunks.
  • Never leave a tank in the car while doing other errands – full tanks sometimes will start to “off-gas” in the heat build-up inside of a parked car.
  • Keep grills at least 3 feet away from combustibles (i.e. your home!)
  • Always dispose of ashes from charcoal grills in metal containers with a tight lid.
  • Never use gasoline or other flammable liquids to start your charcoal – only use approved charcoal lighter fluid.  Once the charcoal is started, NEVER add more lighter fluid.
  • Never use a grill – gas or charcoal – indoors.

The New Canaan Fire Marshal’s Office encourages safe summertime grilling.  For further questions please contact us at 594-3030.

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