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 back yard bistros unencumbered by unfortunate mishaps, following is a list of steps you can take to avoid being “well done”:
- 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.