The National Fire Protection Associations reports an annual average of over 8,800 fires in the homes involving grilling.
If you elect to cook with propane please follow these simple checklist items: Inspect the cylinder for any abnormalities.
- Ensure you do not have dents, gouges, corrosion, or leaks. Also ensure the hoses on your grill are in good condition. Inspect for brittleness, leaks, holes, bends or cracks.
- Maintain propane tanks upright and always keep hoses away from dripping grease or other combustibles.
- Do not use cigarettes, lighters, or matches near your gas grill. Even a slight gas leak within your unit can cause a disaster.
- Ensure only the proper valve equipment is used and is in good condition. Use extreme caution when replacing propane tanks. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. Failure to do so can place you at risk.
- NEVER bring your propane tank indoors and ensure spare gas containers are not stored near your grill. Do not store other flammable liquids, to include gasoline, near propane tanks. Please ensure you properly store your grill in a safe location when not in use.
- If you must transport your propane tank, be sure to maintain it in a relatively cool location. Hot temperatures have been known to cause an increase in the tanks, which may cause an explosion.
- Proper disposal of propane tanks is a must!
Safety for Charcoal Grills:
- Never use a charcoal grill indoors. Charcoal fires can produce carbon monoxide, which is highly toxic. Never barbeque inside of a facility, a tent, any vehicle, or any enclosed area.
- Whenever grilling, wear the appropriate attire. Use caution, do not wear loose clothing, especially long sleeve, and keep children away from all hot surfaces.
- Maintain a water source or extinguisher readily available, as charcoal grills tend to flare up.
- Use approved lighter fluid on new coals only, not on coals already lit. Never use gasoline to ignite charcoals.
- Do not leave lit grills unattended.
- Always BBQ at a safe distance from any structure. Keep in mind the winds can change without notice. Never place a grill within 50 feet of combustible liquids.
If you have any questions involving fire safety, please contact your WSMR Fire Prevention office at (575) 678-7866/6986, or 3585.