by Amy Laposha
It’s July and you know what that means! We are in the heart of the outdoor grilling season! Grilling outside is one of my favorite pastimes as I love to gather to eat BBQ and visit with my friends and family. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urges us to take caution when grilling to ensure our cookouts to be safe. According to the NFPA, “gas-fueled and charcoal grills cause an average of 900 home structure fires and 3,500 home outdoor fires each year.” So keep these tips in mind when you get the grill out:
- Keep the grill at least 10 feet away from house or any other structure as well as wooden overhangs.
- Do not wear loose clothing that can hang down and catch fire.
- Check for gas leaks on propane grills. You can do this by mixing dish soap and water solution. Rub on hoses and connections, turn on gas with the lid open and see if any large bubbles form. This will help detect holes in hoses or loose connections.
- Keep a spray bottle close by for small flare-ups.
- Keep a fire extinguisher near for larger flare- ups. Be sure you know how to use it or call 911 if you are unable to quickly extinguish the fire.
- Clean your grill regularly. Grease from fat can build up on your grill which is a major source of flare-ups. You can use a wire brush, aluminum foil or even an onion!
- For charcoal grills, only use charcoal starter fluid and never add this or any other flammable liquids to the fire. When finished grilling, wait for coals to cool completely before disposing into a metal container.
- Leave the grill unattended.
- Turn on gas when grill lid is closed, as gas can build up and a fireball can explode in your face.
- Use a grill indoors. Besides being a fire hazard, dangerous carbon monoxide gases can be released and without proper ventilation can be deadly.
- Place too much food on the grill- Again, fatty meats especially will cause fat to drip onto the flames causing flare-ups.
Common sense and following these tips will make for a safe, enjoyable grilling experience!
About Amy Laposha
Kansas City Royals fan, Mom of one daughter and two sons, and Insurance Agent!
Direct Phone – 913-754-3812
Amy has been in the insurance industry for the past 16 years and has been part of the MAX family for the past 5 years. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, three children and granddaughter in Lee’s Summit, MO. She also does volunteer work at her church and loves cheering on her local sports teams (GO ROYALS), hiking, music and backyard BBQs.