Memorial Day Grilling Safety

When the warmer weather hits, there’s nothing better than the smell of food on the grill.

Three out of five households own a gas grill, which translates to a lot of tasty meals. But it also means there’s an increased risk of home fires.

Each year an average of 8,900 home fires are caused by grilling, and close to half of all injuries involving grills are due to thermal burns. While nearly half of the people who grill do it year-round, July is the peak month for grill fires followed by May, June and August, According to the Nation Fire Protection Agency.

 

  • A failure to clean the grill was the leading factor contributing to the fire in one –fifth of all grill structure fires (19%). In 17%, something that could catch fire was too close to the grill
  • Leaks or breaks were the factor in 11% of grill structure fires and 23% of outside and unclassified grill fires
  • Gas grills contribute to a higher number of home fires overall than their charcoal counterparts

Although cleaning your grill isn’t something we look forward to each year, it is necessary for safety and to protect your investment.  Essential tools for success include a steel brush, package of scouring sponges you never plan to use again, a bucket of hot soapy water, and a grease cutting cleaner.  It is best to place newspapers or a tarp under the grill to protect your patio or deck.

Be sure to shut off and disconnect the gas source.  Disconnect the igniting wires and cover with foil to protect them from soapy water.  Then begin to take each piece of the out and clean.  It’s a messy job, but once completed you will feel great knowing you are cooking on a clean, safe surface!

 

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