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PSA: Grill Safety

By on June 28, 2017

Many of us have already taken the cover off our grills, bought charcoal or propane, and cooked a dinner or two out in the yard. Most of the employees here at Family Tree and Home have done just that. Nothing beats it. As with anything, it’s important to be safe. Below is a listing of important safety tips to keep you and your family safe.

  • Only use your grill outside. Combustion produces carbon monoxide gas which is odorless and fatally toxic.
  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from you home, deck railings, and eves. While Family Tree and Home does repair damages, heat can quickly lead to fire.
  • Keep kids and pets out of arms reach of your grill. Make sure any Junior Grill Masters-in-Training are old enough and trained properly.
  • Clean your grill after each use to remove oils and burnt on foods. Nobody likes accidental Cajun-style.
  • Don’t leave your grill unattended.
  • Open or remove the top on your grill before lighting. Propane and lighter fluid fumes can build up and cause an explosion.
  • Light your charcoal grill with newspaper or an electric starter if possible. If you prefer to use lighter fluid, use only lighter fluid for charcoal grills. Most guests don’t like the smell of napalm in the evening.
  • Never squirt lighter fluid onto already lit and/or smoldering charcoal. In that situation, singeing your eyebrows is the best you can hope for.
  • Keep charcoal, lighter fluid, and propane tanks out of reach of children.
  • Let coals cool completely before disposing of in a metal container outdoors.
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