Assuming Your Grill is Ready To Go
If your grill has been sitting idle all winter, it’s a good idea to check it before lighting it up. “Failing to properly clean the grill or having the grill too close to something that could burn are the leading causes of fires,” says Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy for the National Fire Protection Association. Home chefs should also check for any damage before using the grill for the first time each year, and to check the entire grill regularly.” In 2012 to 2016, an average of 16,600 patients per year were taken to emergency rooms because of injuries involving grills. No brush? No problem! Here’s how to clean your grill.
Not Checking Your Hoses
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire departments were called to an average of 9,600 home fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues per year from 2011 to 2015. The NFPA recommends applying a soap and water solution to hoses to check for gas leaks. If a leak exists, bubbles will form. Turn off the grill and close the tank. If the leak stops, you may simply need a grill service. If the leak continues, call the fire department immediately. Here are 9 other grilling mistakes even seasoned BBQ cooks make. Learn how to critter-proof your propane hoses here.