Summer is here, which means it’s time to fire up the grill and relax with friends and family by the fire pit. While barbecues and bonfires are a big part of summer, it’s important to be cautious and well aware of the dangers that the use of propane and other flammable materials present. Accidents can be avoided, in part, by taking the following precautions:
According to The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), every year emergency rooms treat approximately 17,000 people who suffer from grill-related accidents. The NFPA also reports that 10 deaths and 8,800 house fires are also caused by improper use of grills in the United States. Charcoal and propane/gas are the two predominant types of grills in the U.S. and both pose their own safety risks. When using a propane or natural gas grill, the most common threat is a gas leak that is allowed to ignite. Before you even think about turning on your grill, check your tank, hoses and all connection points to be sure the hoses are in excellent condition and there is tight point of contact between the gas and the tank. Signs of a leak include the smell of propane and the hissing noise of gas escaping. If you encounter either of these problems, do not light your grill or any other flammable near the area until a professional checks it out.