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.
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.