5 Handy BBQ Safety Tips

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BBQ season is coming and fire safety should be a priority when it comes to handling open flames. Below are a few tips for safe grill use this summer.

Never Start a Charcoal Grill With Gasoline

The fumes from gasoline are highly flammable. You should only use the correct starting fluid for charcoal grills. The use of gasoline can cause clothing, hair and the surroundings to catch fire. Your home can go up in flames in a matter of minutes. It may take more time than you like to use standard lighting fluid, but it is better to be cautious and safe than risk your life and property.

Keep the Grill Away From Building Overhangs or Portico

The flame in BBQ grills can flare up, release sparks and build tremendous amounts of heat. It is unwise to place them under a portico, or the an overhang of your eaves. Heat and sparks can set your home on fire. The fire can get out of control, since it is being initiated well above your head.

Avoid Wearing Loose Clothing While Grilling

Aprons, loose sleeves and baggy shirts are a bad idea to wear while grilling. You can inadvertently get them too close to the flames and catch your clothing on fire. Stop, drop and roll works, but who wants to spend the afternoon nursing unnecessary burns? Play it safe and wear grill-friendly clothing.

Keep Fire Extinguishers, Kitty Litter and Baking Soda Handy to Snuff Fires

If a gas grill flame gets out of control, turn the gas feed to the “off” position. Keep kitty litter, baking soda and a fire extinguisher handy at all times. Kitty litter and baking soda work great for smaller grease fires and the fire extinguisher will help for more serious incidences.

Never Use a Grill Indoors

No matter how bad the weather gets, never be tempted to grill indoors. There are deadly fumes that can build up and you can easily set the entire house on fire. Grill outside, or not at all. Keep a portable rescue ladder handy for occupants to vacate the home if a fire breaks out and forces an evacuation. They can be easily stored under beds and in closets. They attach to the window sill and allow for a fast and easy escape.

Contact fire safety experts like Resqladder to find affordable fire escape ladders for homes.

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