New Canaan Fire Marshal Issues Safe Grilling Tips

As Memorial Day approaches and the “barbecue season” begins in earnest, New Canaan’s top fire safety official is issuing tips to ensure that residents are grilling responsibly.

New Canaan Fire Marshal Fred Baker. Credit: Michael Dinan

New Canaan Fire Marshal Fred Baker. Credit: Michael Dinan

Here’s a quick list from Fire Marshal Fred Baker, who can be reached at 203-594-3030 for more information:

  • 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 three 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.

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