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Summer Grilling Safety Tips

by Amy Laposha

It’s that time of year again! Time to fire up the grill for the summer! But before you do this, you should review a few safety tips to avoid a fire on your deck or patio or even burn injuries.

Take a look at these Grill Safety Tips from the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency):

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should be used outdoors.

  • The grill should be placed well away from your home in an open space, away from deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from grill area to avoid burns.

  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.

  • Never leave your grill unattended.

  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.

Tips for Charcoal Grills:

  • Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as fuel instead of charcoal starter fluid.

  • If you do use a starter fluid, only use charcoal starter fluid. Never add any other flammable liquids to the fire.

  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from other heat sources.

  • If you use an electric charcoal starter, be sure to use an extension cord that is made for outdoor use.

  • After you finish grilling, be sure to let the coals completely cool before disposing. You should always dispose in a metal container.

Propane Grills:

You should always check your gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. You can do this by making a light soap and water solution and apply it lightly to the hose. If you see bubbles, you probably have a propane leak. If you smell gas or see bubbles and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill. If the leak does not stop or if you smell gas while cooking, you should call the fire department.

If the flame goes out, turn the grill and the gas off and wait at least 5 minutes before re-lighting it.

Follow these simple tips and you will be on your way to safe grilling and enjoyment with your friends and family!

Source: https://www.nfpa.org//-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/Grilling_safety_Tips.pdf


Amy Laposha

Kansas City Royals Fan, Mom of One Daughter and Two Sons, and Insurance Agent Direct Phone - 913-754-3812


Amy has been in the insurance industry for the past 19 years and has been part of the MAX family since 2010. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, three children and two grandchildren in Lee’s Summit, MO. She also does volunteer work at her church and loves cheering on her local sports teams (GO ROYALS), hiking, music and backyard BBQs.