Grilling season traditionally begins on Memorial Day weekend. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), every year 30 people die as a result of gas grill fires and explosions and another 30 people die from CO poisoning from their charcoal grills. In addition, more than 100 people are injured in grilling accidents.
Before beginning your grilling season, conducting a quick inspection of your grill will help ensure that you and your family will be safe. CPSC offers the following safety tips for gas grilling:
Of course, common sense guidelines should not be forgotten. Always shut off the valve to propane tanks when not using your gas grill. Keep children and pets away from the grill while it is in use and until it has cooled after use. Use proper utensils that allow you to be a safe distance from the grill while cooking. Do NOT wear any loose clothing while grilling.
Storage of LP gas containers requires caution. Always keep containers upright and never store them under or near the grill or indoors. Never store or use flammable liquids near the grill. When transporting LP gas containers, never keep a filled container in a hot car or car trunk and always transport the container in a secure upright position. Follow manufacturer’s instructions carefully when connecting or disconnecting LP gas containers.
The following CPSC safety tips apply to charcoal grills:
In addition, the same common sense guidelines that apply to gas grilling should also be followed with charcoal grills. Keep children and pets away from the grill while it is in use and until it has cooled after use. use proper utensils that allow you to be a safe distance away from the grill while cooking. Do NOT wear any loose clothing while grilling.
In case of a burn injury, run cool water over the burn for 10-15 minutes. Avoid using products such as butter, salves or ice. The best practice is to gradually cool the burned area without trapping in the heat and causing further blistering. If the burn is severe, call 9-1-1 for immediate attention.