The Kingsport Fire Department and the National Fire Protection Association offer these simple safety tips and guidelines so you, your family and friends can reduce the risk of injuries:
* Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
* The grill should be placed away from the home or deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
* Children and pets should be at least 3 feet away from the grill area.
* Keep your grill clean by removing grease and fat buildup from the grates and trays below.
* Never leave your grill unattended!
* Place the grill well away from overhanging branches according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
* Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas and foot traffic.
* Keep children and pets, and anything that can burn like food wrappers, an oven mitt or towel, at least 3-feet away from open flames and the grill.
* Use long-handled grilling tools to give the chef plenty of clearance from heat and flames.
* Have an adult present at all times when a campfire or grill is burning. Keep the fire small and never leave a fire unattended!
Before you use your gas grill:
* Check the major connection points between the gas (propane) tank hose and the regulator and cylinder, and where the hose connects to the burners. Tighten if loose.
* Check the gas (propane) tank hose for the potential (gas) leaks by completing the following steps.
* Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose using a brush or spray bottle.
* Turn the propane tank on. If there is a gas leak, the propane will release bubbles around the hose (big enough to see).
* If there are no bubbles, your grill is safe to use.
* If there are bubbles, turn off the tank and check connections, then have your grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
* If the leak doesn’t stop, call the fire department immediately.
When the grill is on:
* As you are cooking, if you smell gas, turn off the gas tank and burners.
* If the leak stops immediately, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
* If the smell continues, move away from the grill and call the fire department immediately. Do not move the grill.
Charcoal Grilling safety tips:
A grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries.
Consider the following as you head out to the nearest campground, park or beach:
* Certain areas have restrictions regarding campfires and grills. Check if your area has any fire restrictions in place. Choose only those areas where fires are permitted.
* Check the fire danger rating in your area to determine if weather, or other factors make it dangerous to light a fire.
To start charcoal for cooking:
* There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to ignite the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
* If you use a charcoal chimney, use a long match to avoid burning your fingers when lighting the paper.
* If you choose to use lighter fluid, use only fluid intended for charcoal grills.
* Never add charcoal starter fluid to coals or kindling that has already been ignited.
* Never use gasoline or any other flammable liquid except charcoal starter or lighter fluid to start a charcoal fire.
To dispose of charcoal after cooking:
* Before going to sleep or leaving the area, douse the fire with water and make sure the area is cool to the touch.
* Empty the coals into a metal container with a tight-fitting lid that is used only to collect coals.
* Place the container outside and away from anything that can burn.
* Never empty coals directly into a trash can.
* Store the charcoal starter fluid out of reach of children and away from heat source.