By Anne O’Brien
WSMR Fire Department
Summer holidays are a time for families and friends to get together, but that also means a great risk for fire. This year White Sands Missile Range Fire Department wants you and your family to stay safe while barbequing. The following checklist is a guide to utilize for this Summer Season:
- Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
- The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railing and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills in trays below the grill.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
- There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
- If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
- Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
- There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
- When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubbly test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill. If the leas does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. So not move the grill. If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it.
The WSMR Fire Department wants you to have a safe Summer Season while you BBQ!