The time of year that we have all been waiting for is upon us, grilling season. In your excitement, we would like to remind you of the dangers of the grill, especially those posed to your home’s siding. Grilling can be great fun, but when it ends in melted siding or a house on fire, the fun is diminished. According to the National Fire Protection Association, gas grills have been involved in an average of 7,000 house fires every year and charcoal grills were involved in 1,400 fires per year.
Safe Grilling Tips
1) Keep the grill, whether gas or charcoal, at least 10-feet away from your home. If your home is made of vinyl or wood siding, melting siding or a real fire can easily start, putting your home at risk. In addition, if vinyl siding melts, a toxic gas is released, putting not only your home, but also you and your family at risk.
2) Avoid putting your grill directly on a wooden deck or your grass. They can both catch fire and put your home’s siding in danger. This is necessary, even if you place your grill at least 10 feet from your house. Fire and heat spread fast, putting your home in danger. Instead, place the grill on a cement surface that can withstand the heat.
3) Never grill indoors, even in the garage. Grills, not only get intensely hot, but they also release carbon monoxide, which in a closed in area, such as inside your home or the garage can be very dangerous for you and your family.
4) Avoid overloading the grill. It can be tempting to place all of your food on the grill at once, but if an excessive amount of fat drips on the flame, a fire can start that will spread quickly.
5) Never start the grill with the lid closed. This will create an explosion of fire that goes off when you open the lid, putting you and everything around you in danger.
We hope that you are able to safely enjoy this wonderful time of year and encourage you to remind everyone around you about these safety tips in conjunction with summer grilling.