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Tips On Grilling Safety

With more people enjoying cookouts and barbecues this summer, taking the proper precautions is important when cooking outdoors.

This blog post is sponsored by ADT.

It’s summertime, which means many of us will be barbecuing and grilling outdoors. Although cooking outdoors is so much more fun than indoors, it can also result in accidents and injuries. Taking a few precautions before you fire up the grill will give you peace of mind and ensure that your cookout is both fun and safe.

  • Location, location, location. You don’t want to set-up your grill next to anything flammable. This includes trees, bushes, cars and fences. Also, grills should never be used indoors.
  • Protect yourself. Use oven mitts and a heavy apron while grilling. Grilling aprons now come in great colors and funny captions, it’s fun fashion that also keeps you safe!
  • Secure the grill. Keep all lighter fluids and flammable material away from the grill. Also, keeping a fire extinguisher handy is always a good idea. Clean your grill before using it by removing all the built-up grease and fat.
  • You’re the master of the grill. Children and pets should never be near the grilling area. Also, never leave the grill unattended.
  • Different grills, different rules. If you have a charcoal grill and you use starter fluid, make sure it’s the one specifically for charcoal grills. If you have one that uses coals, then let the coals cool down completely after use before disposing them in a metal container.

 

On the other hand, if you have a propane grill, then you also need to look out for leakage. To prevent leakages, keep the propane container upright at all times, replace nicked or scratched connectors as soon as possible and check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time this year.

Ultimately, a dash of common sense, keeping a cool head and following all these tips will make your cookout safe and accident-free.

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Bette Task July 15, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Since we live in the city of Boston, it should be emphasized that grills on decks are illegal!!!! Look around you. A couple of years ago, two houses on High Street were destroyed by a grill on the roof. This also happened to another house on High Street. Something needs to be done about this. We're a big fire waiting to happen.
Northguy July 17, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Not quite true. Gas and charcoal grills are illegal on decks that are higher than the first floor that do not have a secondary exit (IE, a stairway off of the deck in addition to an entrance into a dwelling). Electric grills are allowed on decks of all levels.
don young July 17, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Gas Operated Grills 527 Commonwealth of Mass. Board of Fire Prevention regulation 6.07 (5) (a) prohibits the use or storage of liquefied petroleum gas containers used for barbecue cooking inside or on balconies above the first floor of any building or structure used for habitation. This includes 1-lb. propane containers attached to portable cooking grills. Propane containers shall be located in areas where there is free air circulation, at least 3 feet from building openings (such as windows and doors), and at least 5 feet from air intakes of air conditioning and ventilating systems (NFPA 58 Appendix 1, fig. 1-1). Under no circumstances may gas or charcoal grills be used on fire escapes or fire escape balconies. 527CMR 6.08(e) state that no permit is required for the storage and use of LP gas (propane) cylinders of an amount less than 42 lbs. This allows the use and storage of 2 20-lb. propane cylinders without a permit.
mark patterson July 17, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Right to the source,Don,just like your great reporting over the years.Did you take in the tanker roll-over last night?

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