DON’T INVITE A HOUSE FIRE TO YOUR COOK OUT!
Cooking and dining al fresco are summer mainstays across the United States. Share these simple tips to help customers keep their steaks and homes from getting charred by flare-ups and fires.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
The first step in safe grilling is picking the best spot to grill. A flat, level surface ensures the grill won’t tip. Stay at least 15 feet away from the home and any other combustible material, including overhangs, railings and shrubs, to keep small flare-ups from turning into a call to the fire department. A heat- and flame-resistant mat under the grill can also reduce the risk of sparks or embers igniting a wood deck.
PREPARE THE GRILL
Before grilling, make sure the equipment is in safe working condition. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use and maintenance. Check any hoses and burners for cracks or leaks. Use only approved charcoal starter fluid or electronic coal starter. Never use gasoline or kerosene to light a charcoal fire. This could cause an explosion.
For charcoal grills, soak the coals in water and close the grill lid and vents. For gas grills, always close the valve on the gas cylinder. Grills and coals can remain hot for up to 48 hours. Use caution when moving the grill and disposing of any charcoal ash.
Check out amfam.com for more tips on safely enjoying backyard fun.
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